Diane M. Sether

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A Citrus volkameriana tree displaying symptoms similar to citrus leprosis on its leaves and bark was found in Hawaii. Citrus leprosis virus C (CiLV-C)-specific detection assays, however, were negative for all tissues tested. Short, bacilliform virus-like particles were observed by transmission electron microscopy in the cytoplasm of symptomatic leaves but(More)
The Hawaiian Islands are home to a widespread and diverse population of Citrus tristeza virus (CTV), an economically important pathogen of citrus. In this study, we quantified the genetic diversity of two CTV genes and determined the complete genomic sequence for two strains of Hawaiian CTV. The nucleotide diversity was estimated to be 0.0565 ± 0.0022 for(More)
Pineapple mealybug wilt-associated virus-1 (PMWaV-1; family Closteroviridae, genus Ampelovirus) belongs to a complex of mealybug-transmissible viruses found in pineapple worldwide. In this study, the complete genome of PMWaV-1 was sequenced and found to be 13.1 kb in length, making it the smallest in the family. The genome encoded seven open reading frames(More)
ABSTRACT Closterovirus-like particles associated with mealybug wilt of pineapple were acquired and transmitted by the pink pineapple mealybug, Dysmicoccus brevipes, and the gray pineapple mealybug, D. neobrevipes. Mealybugs acquired pineapple mealybug wilt-associated virus (PMWaV) from infected pineapple plants or detached leaves. The virus was detected in(More)
The ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa L.) is culturally important throughout most of Polynesia and has considerable economic importance in Hawai’i where the foliage is commonly used in cultural ceremonies as well as food and ornamental industries. In Hawai’i, ringspot symptoms were recently observed on leaves of the common green variety of ti growing in(More)
The genome of pineapple mealybug wilt-associated closterovirus-2 (PMWaV-2) was cloned from double-stranded RNA isolated from diseased pineapple and its sequence determined. The 3'-terminal 14861 nt of the single-stranded RNA genome contains ten open reading frames (ORFs) which, from 5' to 3', potentially encode a >204 kDa polyprotein containing papain-like(More)
Mealybug wilt of pineapple (MWP) is a devastating disease found in all the major pineapple growing regions of the world (4– 6,26). The disease is characterized by severe tip dieback, downward curving of the leaf margins, reddening, and wilting of the leaves that can cause total collapse of the plant. The etiology of MWP has long been in question. The(More)
The nucleotide sequence of Pineapple mealybug wilt associated virus-3 (PMWaV-3) (Closteroviridae: Ampelovirus), spanning seven open reading frames (ORFs) and the untranslatable region of the 3′ end was determined. Based on the amino acid identities with orthologous ORFs of PMWaV-1 (54%–73%) and PMWaV-2 (13%–35%), we propose PMWaV-3 is a new species in the(More)
ABSTRACT The roles of Pineapple mealybug wilt-associated viruses (PMWaVs) and mealybug (Dysmicoccus spp.) feeding in the etiology of mealybug wilt of pineapple (MWP) were evaluated. Container-grown pineapple (Ananas comosus) plants from five commercially grown Hawaiian proprietary selections and a field study utilizing a randomized complete block design(More)
Pineapple, Ananas comosus (L.) Merr., is a perennial, xerophytic monocot in the Bromeliaceae family (13). Planting materials used for commercial production are typically the crown from the top of the fruits (19). The planted crowns, referred to as the plant crop, will each produce a single pineapple fruit 18 to 20 months after planting (19). Following plant(More)