The first subantarctic plant virus report: Stilbocarpa mosaic bacilliform badnavirus (SMBV) from Macquarie Island

  title={The first subantarctic plant virus report: Stilbocarpa mosaic bacilliform badnavirus (SMBV) from Macquarie Island},
  author={Mary L. Skotnicki and Patricia M. Selkirk and E. Kitajima and Timothy M McBride and Justine D Shaw and Aulay Mackenzie},
  journal={Polar Biology},
We report here the finding of a new plant virus, Stilbocarpa mosaic bacilliform badnavirus (SMBV) in Stilbocarpa polaris (Homb. et Jacq.) Gray on subantarctic Macquarie Island. This is the first vascular plant virus reported from any of the remote subantarctic islands, and represents the southernmost plant virus found anywhere. The virus causes mild to severe yellow mosaic symptoms in the perennial megaherb S. polaris. Virus distribution appears most widespread in the northern third of… CONTINUE READING
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