Ioannis E. Tzanetakis

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Rose rosette was first described in the early 1940s and it has emerged as one of the most devastating diseases of roses. Although it has been 70 years since the disease description, the rosette agent is yet to be characterized. In this communication, we identify and characterize the putative causal agent of the disease, a negative-sense RNA virus and new(More)
A new, symptomless virus was identified in blueberry. The dsRNA genome of the virus, provisionally named Blueberry latent virus (BBLV), codes for two putative proteins, one without any similarities to virus proteins and an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. More than 35 isolates of the virus from different cultivars and geographic regions were partially or(More)
A dsRNA virus with a genome of 3.5 kb was isolated from field and greenhouse-grown tomato plants of different cultivars and geographic locations in North America. Cloning and sequencing of the viral genome showed the presence of two partially overlapping open reading frames (ORFs), and a genomic organization resembling members of the family Totiviridae that(More)
ABSTRACT A serious disease was observed in black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) in Oregon in the last decade. Plants showing mosaic symptoms declined rapidly and, in many cases, died after several years. Double-stranded RNA extraction from symptomatic black raspberry revealed the presence of two high molecular weight bands which were cloned and sequenced.(More)
Molecular characterization of eight distinct, difficult-to-clone RNA plant viruses was accomplished after the development of a reverse transcriptase-based first- and second-strand cDNA synthesis method. Double-stranded (ds) RNA templates isolated from strawberry and blackberry and several herbaceous hosts (mint, pea and tobacco) were cloned using this(More)
In our effort to identify the causal agent(s) of strawberry pallidosis we found a single pallidosis positive plant that did not give any amplicons after RT-PCR using primer sets representing multiple regions of Strawberry pallidosis associated virus (SPaV) genome and failed to react with antibodies directed against the recombinant coat protein (CP) of SPaV.(More)
Mentha × gracilis ‘Variegata’ is an ornamental clone with a phenotype caused by virus infection. Several clones were ordered from mail-order nurseries in an attempt to identify a virus consistently associated with symptoms. One of these clones did not exhibit typical ‘Variegata’ symptoms, and steps were taken to identify any agents causing the ‘off-type’(More)
Several clones of golden ginger mint (Mentha x gracilis, 'Variegata') were found infected with Strawberry latent ringspot virus (SLRSV). The virus was purified and cloned and the complete nucleotide sequence of a mint isolate was obtained. RNA 1 consists of 7,496 nucleotides excluding the poly-A tail and encodes a polyprotein with signature enzymatic motifs(More)
The crinivirus tomato chlorosis virus (ToCV) was discovered initially in diseased tomato and has since been identified as a serious problem for tomato production in many parts of the world, particularly in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. The complete nucleotide sequence of ToCV was determined and compared with related crinivirus species. RNA 1(More)
Fragaria (strawberry) and Rubus species (blackberry, wild blackberry, red raspberry and black raspberry) were thought to be infected with distinct isolates of Tobacco streak virus (TSV). Employing serology and nucleic acid hybridization it has been shown that these isolates form a cluster distinct from other strains of TSV. In this study we have cloned and(More)