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Genetic Diversity and Potential Vectors and Reservoirs of Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus in Southeastern Spain

November 2013 , Volume 103 , Number  11
Pages  1,188 - 1,197

Mona A. Kassem, Miguel Juarez, Pedro Gómez, Carmen M. Mengual, Raquel N. Sempere, María Plaza, Santiago F. Elena, Aranzazu Moreno, Alberto Fereres, and Miguel A. Aranda

First, third, fourth, fifth, and tenth authors: Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura (CEBAS), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), apdo. correos 164, 30100 Espinardo, Murcia, Spain; second author: Escuela Politécnica Superior de Orihuela, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Ctra. de Beniel km 3.2, 03312 Orihuela, Alicante, Spain; seventh author: Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP), CSIC-Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Ingeniero Fausto Elio s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain, and The Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501; and sixth, eighth, and ninth authors: Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias (ICA), CSIC, Serrano 115, 28006, Madrid.

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Accepted for publication 23 May 2013.

The genetic variability of a Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus (CABYV) (genus Polerovirus, family Luteoviridae) population was evaluated by determining the nucleotide sequences of two genomic regions of CABYV isolates collected in open-field melon and squash crops during three consecutive years in Murcia (southeastern Spain). A phylogenetic analysis showed the existence of two major clades. The sequences did not cluster according to host, year, or locality of collection, and nucleotide similarities among isolates were 97 to 100 and 94 to 97% within and between clades, respectively. The ratio of nonsynonymous to synonymous nucleotide substitutions reflected that all open reading frames have been under purifying selection. Estimates of the population's genetic diversity were of the same magnitude as those previously reported for other plant virus populations sampled at larger spatial and temporal scales, suggesting either the presence of CABYV in the surveyed area long before it was first described, multiple introductions, or a particularly rapid diversification. We also determined the full-length sequences of three isolates, identifying the occurrence and location of recombination events along the CABYV genome. Furthermore, our field surveys indicated that Aphis gossypii was the major vector species of CABYV and the most abundant aphid species colonizing melon fields in the Murcia (Spain) region. Our surveys also suggested the importance of the weed species Ecballium elaterium as an alternative host and potential virus reservoir.

Additional keywords: Cucumis melo, Cucurbita pepo, gene flow, luteovirus.

This article is in the public domain and not copyrightable. It may be freely reprinted with customary crediting of the source. The American Phytopathological Society, 2013.