Ellis T. M. Meekes

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A tospovirus causing necrotic streaks on leaves was isolated from Alstroemeria sp. in Colombia. Infected samples reacted positively with tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) antiserum during preliminary serological tests. Further analysis revealed a close serological relationship to tomato chlorotic spot virus (TCSV) and groundnut ringspot virus (GRSV). A major(More)
A viroid-like RNA has been detected in two asymptomatic dahlia accessions by return and double PAGE. It appeared smaller than Chrysanthemum stunt viroid and Potato spindle tuber viroid, the two members of the genus Pospiviroid, family Pospiviroidae, reported in this ornamental previously. RT-PCR with primers designed for amplifying all pospiviroids produced(More)
In the Netherlands a survey for pospiviroids was performed in ornamental plants from 2006 up to 2011. Tomato apical stunt viroid (TASVd) was the most frequently found pospiviroid, causing infections in Brugmansia sp., Cestrum sp., Lycianthes rantonnetii, Solanum jasminoides and Streptosolen jamesonii. In addition, five other pospiviroids were detected. In(More)
Assays based on real-time PCR (TaqMan) that can detect a number of viroids in the genus Pospiviroid have been developed and evaluated. The assays are designed for detecting viroids from tomato leaf material but detection from other solanaceous hosts of these viroids has been confirmed. These methods have been validated by nine laboratories and comprise a(More)
Entomopathogenic fungi of the genus Aschersonia are specific for whitefly and scale insects. They can be used as biological control agents against silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii and greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum. Forty-four isolates of Aschersonia spp. were tested for their ability to sporulate and germinate on semi-artificial(More)
In symptomless plants of portulaca a potential new pospiviroid was characterized. Analysis by both double and return PAGE showed the presence of a circular RNA. RT-PCR and sequencing revealed a genome of 351 nt with properties characteristic of members of the genus Pospiviroid and with highest sequence identity (circa 80%) with iresine viroid 1 (IrVd-1).(More)
Stagonosporopsis andigena and S. crystalliniformis are serious foliage pathogens on potato (Solanum tuberosum) and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). As both species have been recorded only in the Andes area, S. andigena is listed as an A1 quarantine organism in Europe. The actin region of isolates of Stagonosporopsis and allied species of Boeremia, Didymella,(More)
In many countries phytosanitary regulations apply to Potato spindle tuber viroid, because it can cause serious diseases in potato and tomato crops. Other pospiviroids, some of which are distributed widely in ornamental crops, can cause similar diseases. Consequently, there is a need for a reliable and cost-effective generic testing method. An assay was(More)
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