Laura Covelli

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Two dsRNAs from cherry trees affected with cherry chlorotic rusty spot (CCRS) in Italy and Amasya cherry disease (ACD) in Turkey were sequenced and found to be essentially identical. The larger dsRNA 1 (2021 or 2006 bp, respectively) potentially encoded a protein of 621 aa containing the conserved motifs of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRp) of dsRNA(More)
Cherry chlorotic rusty spot (CCRS) and Amasya cherry disease (ACD) display similar symptoms and are associated with a series of dsRNAs. However, a direct comparison has been lacking. Here, a side-by-side analysis confirmed that both diseases were symptomatologically very similar, as were the number (10-12) and size of their associated dsRNAs. Sequence(More)
The involvement of Peach latent mosaic viroid (PLMVd) in an extensive chlorosis of peach known as calico (PC) has been advanced but ultimate proof is lacking. Sequencing of 16 full-length PLMVd cDNA clones of a PC isolate revealed two groups of variants. Nine had a size (336-338 nt) similar to that of typical PLMVd variants of nonsymptomatic and(More)
Cherry chlorotic rusty spot (CCRS) and Amasya cherry disease (ACD) are two disorders that affect cherry in Italy [1] and Turkey [2]. Both diseases have similar symptoms and are associated with a complex pattern of doublestranded RNAs (dsRNAs), absent from healthy-looking material [1]. The dsRNAs were presumed to have a viral origin, and their(More)
The beet necrotic yellow vein virus (BNYVV) RNA-5-encoded p26 protein is involved in the accentuation of symptoms expression of infected Chenopodium quinoa plants and is capable of transcription activation (TA) in yeast. TA was previously localized within the first 55 residues of the p26 protein. Interestingly, TA did not occur when C-terminally deleted(More)
Grapevine Pinot gris Virus (GPGV) is a single stranded RNA of the genus Trichovirus infecting grapevine (Vitis vinifera) and associated with stunting, chlorotic mottling and leaf deformation symptoms. During a monitoring of GPGV infection in vineyards of the Trentino region in Italy, we have detected the virus in the herbaceous plants Silene latifolia(More)
Cherry trees from Spain affected by cherry leaf scorch (CLS), a fungal disease proposed to be caused by Apiognomonia erythrostoma, show symptoms (translucent-chlorotic leaf spots evolving into rusty areas) very similar to those of cherry chlorotic rusty spot disease (CCRS) and Amasya cherry disease, reported in Italy and Turkey, respectively. The three(More)
The sequence of the four large (L) double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) associated with Amasya cherry disease (ACD), which has a presumed fungal aetiology, is reported. ACD L dsRNAs 1 (5121 bp) and 2 (5047 bp) potentially encode proteins of 1628 and 1620 aa, respectively, that are 37% identical and of unknown function. ACD L dsRNAs 3 (4458 bp) and 4 (4303 bp)(More)
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