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Further Evidence of Mirafiori lettuce big-vein virus but Not of Lettuce big-vein associated virus with Big-Vein Disease in Lettuce

April 2008 , Volume 98 , Number  4
Pages  464 - 468

Takahide Sasaya, Hiroya Fujii, Koichi Ishikawa, and Hiroki Koganezawa

First and third authors: Laboratory of Plant Virology, National Agricultural Research Center for Western Region, Zentsuji, Kagawa 765-8508, Japan; second author: Biochemical Research Laboratory, Eiken Chemical Co. Ltd., Ohtawara, Tochigi 324-0036, Japan; and fourth author: Kunisada Plant Breeding Station, Kaneko Seeds Co. Ltd., Isesaki, Gunma 379-2211, Japan.

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Accepted for publication 19 December 2007.

Mirafiori lettuce big-vein virus (MLBVV) and Lettuce big-vein associated virus (LBVaV) are found in association with big-vein disease of lettuce. Discrimination between the two viruses is critical for elucidating the etiology of big-vein disease. Using specific antibodies to MLBVV and LBVaV for western blotting and exploiting differences between MLBVV and LBVaV in host reaction of cucumber and temperature dependence in lettuce, we separated the two viruses by transfering each virus from doubly infected lettuce plants to cucumber or lettuce plants. A virus-free fungal isolate was allowed to acquire the two viruses individually or together. To confirm the separation, zoospores from MLBVV-, LBVaV-, and dually infected lettuce plants were used for serial inoculations of lettuce seedlings 12 successive times. Lettuce seedlings were infected at each transfer either with MLBVV alone, LBVaV alone, or both viruses together, depending on the virus carried by the vector. Lettuce seedlings infected with MLBVV alone developed the big-vein symptoms, while those infected with LBVaV alone developed no symptoms. In field surveys, MLBVV was consistently detected in lettuce plants from big-vein-affected fields, whereas LBVaV was detected in lettuce plants not only from big-vein-affected fields but also from big-vein-free fields. LBVaV occurred widely at high rates in winter-spring lettuce-growing regions irrespective of the presence of MLBVV and, hence, of the presence of the big-vein disease.

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