An assessment of the transmission rate of four pospiviroid species through tomato seeds

Francesco Faggioli, Martha Luigi, Vaidivutis Sveikauskas, Thibaut Olivier, Mojca Marn, Ivan Plesko, Kris De Jonghe, Noémi Van Bogaert, Sabine Grausbrüber-Gröger

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    Abstract

    Greenhouse experiments were conducted to
    investigate the importance of tomato seeds as a route of
    pospiviroid dissemination. More than 7000 seeds were
    collected from tomato plants mechanically inoculated
    with Tomato apical stunt viroid, Citrus exocortis viroid,
    Columnea latent viroid and Potato spindle tuber viroid.
    Fruits and part of the seeds were found to be 100 %
    infected by the inoculated pospiviroid by means of RTPCR
    testing.Much of the rest of the seeds were sown and
    produced about 4700 seedlings. None of the seedlings
    were found positive for the respective pospiviroid. This
    shows that pospiviroid seed transmission in tomato is
    very rare
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEuropean Journal of Plant Pathology
    Volume143
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)613-617
    Number of pages5
    ISSN0929-1873
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 11-Jul-2015

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