First report of fig mosaic virus infecting common fig (Ficus carica) in Japan
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For the first time, fig mosaic virus (FMV) was detected in common fig (Ficus carica) trees in Shimane, Japan. These trees exhibited mosaic, ringspots, or distortion, accompanied by chlorosis on leaves and yellow spots on fruits. Some of the symptomatic trees were infested with the eriophyid mite Aceria ficus. The virus was detected based on RT-PCR, followed by sequencing. The amplified 300 base-pair fragments shared 83.5–91.5% identity with the corresponding region of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase gene of FMV isolates previously reported in Turkey, Iran, and Italy.
KeywordsCommon fig Ficus carica L. Fig mosaic disease (FMD) Fig mosaic virus (FMV)
This work was supported by the Program for Promotion of Basic Research Activities for Innovative Bioscience (PROBRAIN).
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