Jacek L. Skrzeczkowski

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To assess the reliability of dot-spot hybridization assay for the Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid, more than 1000 potato samples were cross-tested by biological and hybridization methods. Both methods gave similar results with a range of cultivars. The dot-spot hybridization test was reproducible with formaldehyde-denaturated cell-sap samples stored at room(More)
The 32P-labelled concatameric insert cut out from a plasmid pSPAv6.2(+), containing 6.2 copies of a full-length PSTV, was used to detect PSTV in dormant potato tubers by dot-blot hybridisation assay. The concatameric insert probe was 4 times more sensitive than the monomeric one. This allowed the detection of 0.5 pg of viroid RNA. The sensitivity makes th(More)
Cross-protection in plants is the phenomenon whereby a plant preinoculated with a mild virus strain becomes resistant to subsequent inoculation by a related severe strain. It has been used on a large scale in cases where no resistant plants are available. Although several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the molecular mechanism underlying(More)
Chemically synthesized DNA fragments complementary to selected regions of the potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTV) genome were cloned into Escherichia coli plasmid pUC9. One of the recombinant plasmids (pIBB4) with a 87 bp insert representing the central region of the PSTV genome (nucleotides 88 to 174) was used after labelling by nick translation for(More)
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