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Arch Virol. 2012 Mar;157(3):483-95. doi: 10.1007/s00705-011-1201-y. Epub 2011 Dec 31.

A survey of geminiviruses and associated satellite DNAs in the cotton-growing areas of northwestern India.

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Plant Virology Group, ICGEB Biosafety Outstation, Via Piovega 23, 31056 Ca' Tron di Roncade, Italy.


Severe symptoms of cotton leaf curl disease (CLCuD) are caused by the association of a single-stranded circular DNA satellite (betasatellite) with a helper begomovirus. In this study, we analyzed 40 leaf samples (primarily cotton with CLCuD symptoms and other plants growing close by) from four sites between New Delhi and the Pakistan/India border, using rolling-circle amplification (RCA) and PCR. In total, the complete sequences of 12 different helper viruses, eight alphasatellites, and one betasatellite from five different plant species were obtained. A recombinant helper virus molecule found in okra and a novel alphasatellite-related DNA from croton are also described. This is the first report of the presence of both DNA components (helper virus and betasatellite) associated with resistance-breaking CLCuD in India, and it highlights the need for further work to combat its damage and spread.

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