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Algerian watermelon mosaic virus (AWMV): a new potyvirus species in the PRSV cluster

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Abstract

A potyvirus was isolated from a naturally infected squash plant in Algeria in 1986. Biological and serological data have revealed that the virus, initially described as H4, is related to other cucurbit-infecting potyviruses, particularly Moroccan watermelon mosaic virus (MWMV) and Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV). To establish unequivocally the taxonomic status of H4, its full-length genome sequence was established. H4 shared identities of 70% and 65% at the amino acid level with MWMV and PRSV, respectively, indicating that H4 is a distinct species of the PRSV cluster. The name Algerian watermelon mosaic virus (AWMV) is proposed for this new potyvirus species.

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Correspondence to Cécile Desbiez.

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The complete nucleotide sequence of AWMV reported in this paper has been submitted to the GenBank nucleotide sequence database and has been assigned the accession number EU410442.

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Yakoubi, S., Lecoq, H. & Desbiez, C. Algerian watermelon mosaic virus (AWMV): a new potyvirus species in the PRSV cluster. Virus Genes 37, 103–109 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11262-008-0237-x

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Keywords

  • Cucurbit
  • Capsid
  • Phylogeny
  • Taxonomy