Jeffrey W Davies

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The Geminiviridae is an extensive family of plant viruses responsible for economically devastating diseases in crops worldwide. Geminiviruses package circular, single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) genomes. The characteristic twinned or "geminate" particles, which consist of two joined, incomplete T = 1 icosahedra, are unique among viruses. We have determined the(More)
The complete nucleotide sequence of the middle component RNA (M RNA) of the comovirus bean pod mottle virus (BPMV) has been determined. The sequence consists of 3662 nucleotides and contains a single long open reading frame sufficient to code for a protein of 113,353 Da. The proteolytic processing sites within this protein have been identified by comparison(More)
We present evidence that rice tungro spherical virus (RTSV) has a genome of polyadenylated single-stranded RNA of about 10 kb whereas rice tungro bacilliform virus (RTBV) contains double-stranded circular DNA. RTBV DNA has been mapped and shown to have two discontinuities, one in each strand, at specific sites; it thus resembles that of the caulimoviruses.(More)
In nature, rice tungro disease is caused by an RNA and a DNA virus complex, but we have obtained an independently infectious clone of rice tungro bacilli-form virus (RTBV) DNA. Infectivity could be demonstrated only when a more than unit-length copy was cloned in the Agrobacterium binary vector Binl9 and agroinoculated into rice plants. Rice plants thus(More)
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