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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)
ABSTRACT While characterizing the agents involved in symptomatology of a variegated mint, Mentha x gracilis 'Variegata', a nursery plant with atypical symptoms was examined. This plant, unlike 'Variegata', did not exhibit yellow vein banding symptoms but instead had distorted and crinkled leaves. Molecular tests for the three viruses found in 'Variegata'(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)
A new, widespread disease was recently observed in soybean in the United States. The disease, named Soybean vein necrosis, is manifested by intraveinal chlorosis and necrosis, and has been found in almost all of the 50 fields visited over a period of 3 years in the midwest and midsouth part of the United States. A virus was isolated from symptomatic(More)
The complete nucleotide sequence of a novel member of the genus Crinivirus (family Closteroviridae), isolated from blackberry and tentatively named Blackberry yellow vein associated virus, was determined. The virus possesses a bipartite genome. RNA 1 is 7,801 nucleotides in length and papain-like protease, methyltransferase, RNA helicase and RNA-dependent(More)
Members of the family Closteroviridae have emerged as a major problem in agricultural crops in the past two decades. Diodia vein chlorosis virus (DVCV) is an understudied whitefly-transmitted closterovirus. Given the presence of the primary host for the virus in major agricultural production areas in the United States, we characterized the virus at the(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)
The sequence of Lettuce chlorosis virus (LCV) (genus Crinivirus) was determined and found to contain unique open reading frames (ORFs) and ORFs similar to those of other criniviruses, as well as 3' non-coding regions that shared a high degree of identity. Northern blot analysis of RNA extracted from LCV-infected plants identified subgenomic RNAs(More)
Yellow ringspot is the only virus-like disease reported in redbud (Cercis spp.) with symptoms including vein clearing, chlorotic ringspots and oak-leaf pattern. A putative new emaravirus was present in all trees displaying typical yellow ringspot symptoms and the name redbud yellow ringspot associated virus is proposed. The virus genome is composed of at(More)