Georgios Vidalakis

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Viroids are the smallest autonomous infectious nucleic acids known so far. With a small circular RNA genome of about 250-400 nt, which apparently does not code for any protein, viroids replicate and move systemically in host plants. Since the discovery of the first viroid almost forty-five years ago, many different viroids have been isolated, characterized(More)
Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) isolates collected from citrus germplasm, dooryard and field trees in California from 1914 have been maintained in planta under quarantine in the Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP), Riverside, California. This collection, therefore, represents populations of CTV isolates obtained over time and space in California. To(More)
Prolonged infection of tomato hybrid (Lycopersicon esculentum x Lycopersicon peruvianum) by Citrus exocortis viroid (CEVd) resulted in viroid-like enlarged structures, detected by gel electrophoresis. This population included two new enlarged variants or D-variants, D-87 and D-76, and three transient species or D-forms, D-38, D-40 and D-43. Sequence(More)
The nucleotide sequence of Dweet mottle virus (DMV) was determined and compared to sequences of members of the families Alphaflexiviridae and Betaflexiviridae. The DMV genome has 8,747 nucleotides (nt) excluding the 3' poly-(A) tail. DMV genomic RNA contains three putative open reading frames (ORFs) and untranslated regions of 73 nt at the 5' and 541 nt at(More)
The full-length nucleotide sequence and genome organization of an Endornavirus isolated from ornamental hard shell bottle gourd plants (Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl.) in California (CA), USA tentatively named L. siceraria endornavirus-California (LsEV-CA) was determined. The LsEV-CA genome was 15088 bp in length, with a G + C content of 36.55 %. The(More)
Seventy four percent of the budwood tree sources samples from the Greek national citrus germplasm foundation collection were positive for one or more viroids. Citrus exocortis viroid (CEVd) and Hop stunt viroid (HSVd), the two potentially damaging viroids for the Greek citriculture, especially after transitioning to Citrus tristeza virus resistant/tolerant(More)
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