Australasian Plant Pathology

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 663–678 | Cite as

Turnip mosaic virus: potential for crop losses in the grain belt of New South Wales, Australia

  • Mark W. Schwinghamer
  • Mark A. Schilg
  • John A. Walsh
  • Rodney W. Bambach
  • Rosa M. Cossu
  • Judith M. Bambridge
  • Tamrika L. Hind-Lanoiselet
  • Bruce E. McCorkell
  • Peter Cross


The potential of Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) to infect and damage cool season crops in the grain belt of New South Wales, Australia, was investigated by serological tests on 24,689 dicot weed, grain, and forage specimens from 1999 to 2007 and infectivity/pathogenicity tests with six isolates. Natural infection by TuMV was common in Brassicaceae weeds. Infected grain crops included mustard (Brassica juncea), field pea (Pisum sativum), chickpea (Cicer arietinum), and coriander (Coriandrum sativum). Forage (turnip, Brassica rapa) was also infected. None of 9,816 canola (Brassica napus, at least 19 cultivars) or 1,967 faba bean (Vicia faba, three cultivars) plants were infected. Six isolates from weeds, mustard, and chickpea were inoculated on a range of weed and crop species including four B. napus pathotype differential lines. Inoculated Brassicaceae weeds, mustard, field pea cv. ‘Cressy Blue’, coriander, Chinese cabbage (B. rapa), and forage turnip (B. rapa) were usually infected. Field pea cv. Dundale and radishes (Raphanus sativus) were infected infrequently. Symptoms were severe in mustard, forage turnip, chickpea, and field pea. The reportedly susceptible canola cv. ‘Outback’ displayed only variable infectivity and mild symptoms for five isolates and no infectivity for one isolate. Faba bean, field pea cv. ‘Excell’, and two B. napus differentials appeared to be non-hosts. The results suggest that TuMV strains naturalised in Brassicaceae weeds in NSW in 1999–2007 could damage mustard, field pea, and forage turnip, but not canola or faba bean. These NSW strains appeared to be distinct from strains that damage canola in Europe, North America, and Asia.


Beet western yellows virus Field crop Fodder Hirschfeldia Oilseed rape Pulse Rapistrum Tissue blot immunoassay Turnip yellows virus 



The authors acknowledge the following contributions: Gordon Murray, Kerry Wratten, and Fleur Lewington who planned and carried out crop sampling the southern canola survey; Steve Moore for sowing and managing the field pea natural infection experiment; Steven Harden for help with statistical analysis of the pea natural infection experiment; and John Holland for critical reading of this manuscript and designing mustard and canola evaluation trials that were sampled as part of this work. Funding was primarily by New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) funding for project DAN 00023. Funding for canola surveys was from GRDC project DAN 00068, and canola and mustard field trials sampled in surveys were funded through GRDC projects DAN 444 and DAN 00053 conducted by NSW DPI.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark W. Schwinghamer
    • 1
  • Mark A. Schilg
    • 1
    • 5
  • John A. Walsh
    • 2
  • Rodney W. Bambach
    • 1
  • Rosa M. Cossu
    • 2
  • Judith M. Bambridge
    • 2
  • Tamrika L. Hind-Lanoiselet
    • 3
    • 6
  • Bruce E. McCorkell
    • 1
  • Peter Cross
    • 4
  1. 1.New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Tamworth Agricultural InstituteTamworthAustralia
  2. 2.School of Life SciencesUniversity of WarwickWarwickUK
  3. 3.New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga Agricultural InstituteWagga WaggaAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and EnvironmentNew Town Research LaboratoriesNew TownAustralia
  5. 5.LavingtonAustralia
  6. 6.Department of Agriculture and Food, Western AustraliaSouth PerthAustralia

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