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Trends Microbiol. 1999 Sep;7(9):377-81.

The influence of dsRNA viruses on the biology of plant pathogenic fungi.

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Dept of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA 75616, USA.


Double-stranded RNA viruses are ubiquitous in fungi. They are non-infective and, like most prokaryotic plasmids, are only transmitted to compatible strains via cell fusion. Most are cryptic, but some with an established phenotype, such as the hypoviruses of the chestnut-blight fungus, have been studied for their potential as biological control agents of fungi.

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