Ioannis E. Tzanetakis

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Blueberry and cranberry are fruit crops native to North America and they are well known for containing bioactive compounds that can benefit human health. Cultivation is expanding within North America and other parts of the world raising concern regarding distribution of existing viruses as well as the appearance of new viruses. Many of the known viruses of(More)
The genus Crinivirus includes the whitefly-transmitted members of the family Closteroviridae. Whitefly-transmitted viruses have emerged as a major problem for world agriculture and are responsible for diseases that lead to losses measured in the billions of dollars annually. Criniviruses emerged as a major agricultural threat at the end of the twentieth(More)
Flexuous filaments, resembling flexivirus virions, were observed in partially purified blackberry preparations showing mild virus-like symptoms. Further tests revealed the presence of a novel betaflexivirus that is phylogenetically related to foveaviruses. The putative virus-encoded proteins shared limited similarity with orthologs of known members of the(More)
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) is an ornamental legume tree susceptible to several viruses. Virus diseases of black locust often go unrecognized making infected trees a prime inoculum source, not only for legumes, but also other plant species. In this communication we report, for the first time, two viruses, Papaya ringspot virus and Watermelon(More)
Blackberry chlorotic ringspot virus is a subgroup 1 ilarvirus, detected in several rosaceous hosts exhibiting disease symptoms in Europe and the United States. The population structure of the virus was studied using isolates collected from wild and cultivated plants from six states in the United States. The results suggest a homogeneous virus population in(More)
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