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Genetic Regulation of Polerovirus and Luteovirus Transmission in the Aphid Schizaphis graminum

August 2006 , Volume 96 , Number  8
Pages  828 - 837

M. E. Burrows , M. C. Caillaud , D. M. Smith , E. C. Benson , F. E. Gildow , and S. M. Gray

First, third, fourth, and sixth authors: U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service and Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; second author: Biology Department, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850; and fifth author: Department of Plant Pathology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park 16802

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Accepted for publication 13 March 2006.

Sexual forms of two genotypes of the aphid Schizaphis graminum, one a vector, the other a nonvector of two viruses that cause barley yellow dwarf disease (Barley yellow dwarf virus [BYDV]-SGV, luteovirus and Cereal yellow dwarf virus-RPV, polerovirus), were mated to generate F1 and F2 populations. Segregation of the transmission phenotype for both viruses in the F1 and F2 populations indicated that the transmission phenotype is under genetic control and that the parents are heterozygous for genes involved in transmission. The ability to transmit both viruses was correlated within the F1 and F2 populations, suggesting that a major gene or linked genes regulate the transmission. However, individual hybrid genotypes differed significantly in their ability to transmit each virus, indicating that in addition to a major gene, minor genes can affect the transmission of each virus independently. Gut and salivary gland associated transmission barriers were identified in the nonvector parent and some progeny, while other progeny possessed only a gut barrier or a salivary gland barrier. Hemolymph factors do not appear to be involved in determining the transmission phenotype. These results provide direct evidence that aphid transmission of luteoviruses is genetically regulated in the insect and that the tissue-specific barriers to virus transmission are not genetically linked.

Additional keywords: circulative nonpropagative transmission, insect genetics, real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction.

The American Phytopathological Society, 2006