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Special Issue "Plant Virus Epidemiology and Control"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Viruses of Plants, Fungi and Protozoa".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ioannis E. Tzanetakis

Department of Plant Pathology, Division of Agriculture, University of Arkansas System, Fayetteville, USA
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Interests: plant virus epidemiology; virus-vector interactions
Guest Editor
Dr. Robert R. Martin

USDA-ARS, Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Corvallis, OR, USA
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Interests: characterize viruses of small fruit crops, viruses diagnostics, viruses epidemiology, develop resistance to viruses of small fruit crops
Guest Editor
Dr. Igor Koloniuk

Department of Plant Virology, Institute of Plant Molecular Biology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v.v.i., České Budějovice, Czech Republic
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Interests: plant virus epidemiology, plant virus identification

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The single most important step in managing plant diseases is through the use of clean stock and seed programs. Once established, the knowledge of pathogen epidemiology is used in the development of control strategies to keep plantings healthy for as long as possible.  This is particularly important for plant viruses, where exclusion is often the only available option, and thus disease forecasting and management are matters of utmost importance. In this Issue, we aim to highlight the importance of virus epidemiology and how information is used in developing and implementing control strategies. This includes virus traditional and molecular ecology tools (distribution, host range, transmission, population structures, and virus–vector–host interactions) and control strategies from RNA interference; to CRISPR; to holistic, systems-based approaches that aim to avoid or control epidemics.

Prof. Dr. Ioannis E. Tzanetakis
Dr. Robert R. Martin
Dr. Igor Koloniuk
Guest Editors

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  • ecology
  • epidemiology
  • control

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High-Throughput Sequencing Assists Studies in Genomic Variability and Epidemiology of Little Cherry Virus 1 and 2 infecting Prunus spp. in Belgium
Viruses 2019, 11(7), 592; https://doi.org/10.3390/v11070592
Received: 17 May 2019 / Revised: 20 June 2019 / Accepted: 28 June 2019 / Published: 29 June 2019
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Little cherry disease, caused by little cherry virus 1 (LChV-1) and little cherry virus 2 (LChV-2), which are both members of the family Closteroviridae, severely affects sweet (Prunus avium L.) and sour cherry (P. cerasus L.) orchards lifelong production worldwide. [...] Read more.
Little cherry disease, caused by little cherry virus 1 (LChV-1) and little cherry virus 2 (LChV-2), which are both members of the family Closteroviridae, severely affects sweet (Prunus avium L.) and sour cherry (P. cerasus L.) orchards lifelong production worldwide. An intensive survey was conducted across different geographic regions of Belgium to study the disease presence on these perennial woody plants and related species. Symptomatic as well as non-symptomatic Prunus spp. trees tested positive via RT-PCR for LChV-1 and -2 in single or mixed infections, with a slightly higher incidence for LChV-1. Both viruses were widespread and highly prevalent in nearly all Prunus production areas as well as in private gardens and urban lane trees. The genetic diversity of Belgian LChV-1 and -2 isolates was assessed by Sanger sequencing of partial genomic regions. A total RNA High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) approach confirmed the presence of both viruses, and revealed the occurrence of other Prunus-associated viruses, namely cherry virus A (CVA), prune dwarf virus (PDV) and prunus virus F (PrVF). The phylogenetic inference from full-length genomes revealed well-defined evolutionary phylogroups with high genetic variability and diversity for LChV-1 and LChV-2 Belgian isolates, yet with little or no correlation with planting area or cultivated varieties. The global diversity and the prevalence in horticultural areas of LChV-1 and -2 variants, in association with other recently described fruit tree viruses, are of particular concern. Future epidemiological implications as well as new investigation avenues are exhaustively discussed. Full article
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