Investigations into the seed and mealybug transmission of Taro bacilliform virus

Macanawai, A. R., Ebenebe, A. A., Hunter, D., Devitt, L. C., Hafner, G. J. and Harding, R. M. (2005) Investigations into the seed and mealybug transmission of Taro bacilliform virus. Australasian Plant Pathology, 34 1: 73-76. doi:10.1071/AP04084


Author Macanawai, A. R.
Ebenebe, A. A.
Hunter, D.
Devitt, L. C.
Hafner, G. J.
Harding, R. M.
Title Investigations into the seed and mealybug transmission of Taro bacilliform virus
Formatted title
Investigations into the seed and mealybug transmission of Taro bacilliform virus
Journal name Australasian Plant Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0815-3191
1448-6032
Publication date 2005-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AP04084
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 73
End page 76
Total pages 4
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Investigations were conducted into the transmission of Taro bacilliform badnavirus (TaBV) by seed and mealybugs. Seed transmission was investigated by artificially pollinating TaBV-infected taro. Seeds derived from four successfully pollinated plants tested positive for TaBV by PCR. Twenty seeds derived from each pollinated plant were also germinated; 2/80 seedlings showed TaBV-like symptoms and tested positive for TaBV by PCR. Pollen samples taken from TaBV-infected plants also tested positive for the virus. Mealybug transmission was investigated by exposing 51 healthy taro plants to Pseudococcus solomonensis that had been reared on TaBV-infected taro plants. Typical virus symptoms developed on 17 plants between 24 and 36 days after feeding; all these plants, in addition to 13 symptomless plants, tested positive for TaBV by PCR. This is the first report of TaBV transmission by P. solomonensis and the first report of P. solomonensis in Samoa.
Keyword Badnavirus
Pseudococcus solomonensis
Colocasia esculenta
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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