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Double-stranded RNA Associated with the Rose Rosette Disease of Multiflora Rose. R. Di, Department of Plant Pathology, Iowa State University, Ames 50011. J. H. Hill, and A. H. Epstein. Department of Plant Pathology, Iowa State University, Ames 50011. Plant Dis. 74:56-58. Accepted for publication 9 August 1989. Copyright 1990 The American Phytopathological Society. DOI: 10.1094/PD-74-0056.

Four double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) of Mr of 2.9, 1.2, 1.0, and 0.93 106 were associated with tissues of multiflora rose showing symptoms of the rose rosette disease. Similar dsRNAs were not detected in tissue from a healthy rose. The dsRNAs were consistently associated with both transmission of the causal agent by grafting and with mechanical transmission using minutens. No evidence was obtained for transmission of the causal agent through seed or fruit harvested from infected plants.