Exploiting chinks in the plant's armor: evolution and emergence of geminiviruses.

@article{Rojas2005ExploitingCI,
  title={Exploiting chinks in the plant's armor: evolution and emergence of geminiviruses.},
  author={Mar{\'i}a Rosa Rojas and Charles T. Hagen and William John Lucas and Robert L. Gilbertson},
  journal={Annual review of phytopathology},
  year={2005},
  volume={43},
  pages={
          361-94
        }
}
The majority of plant-infecting viruses utilize an RNA genome, suggesting that plants have imposed strict constraints on the evolution of DNA viruses. The geminiviruses represent a family of DNA viruses that has circumvented these impediments to emerge as one of the most successful viral pathogens, causing severe economic losses to agricultural production worldwide. The genetic diversity reflected in present-day geminiviruses provides important insights into the evolution and biology of these… CONTINUE READING
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