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Transmission of plant viruses by aphid vectors

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Aphids are the most common vector of plant viruses. Mechanisms of transmission are best understood by considering the routes of virus movement in the aphid (circulative versus non-circulative) and the sites of retention or target tissues (e.g. stylets, salivary glands). Capsid proteins are a primary, but not necessarily sole, viral determinant of transmission. A summary is presented of the taxonomic affiliations of the aphid transmitted viruses, including 8 families, 18 genera, and taxonomically unassigned viruses.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA 2: Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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