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A Strain of Japanese holly fern mottle virus Infecting Leatherleaf Fern in the United States

    Authors and Affiliations
    • Rodrigo A. Valverde , Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
    • Sead Sabanadzovic , Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762

      Leatherleaf fern, a popular cut foliage plant for use in flower arrangements, was found showing virus-like symptoms at a local nursery in Baton Rouge, LA. The causal agent of the disease was determined to be a strain of Japanese holly fern mottle virus. The virus was identified by dsRNA, RT-PCR, and sequence analyses. The potential negative impact of this pathogen on leatherleaf fern production and its spread within the crop should be a concern for leatherleaf fern growers.

      Accepted for publication 17 December 2010. Published 28 January 2011.