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Complete genome sequence of a novel virga-like virus infecting Hevea brasiliensis

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Here, we report the complete genome sequence and organization of a novel virus detected in rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis). Because the infected plants were asymptomatic, this virus was tentatively named "rubber tree latent virus 1" (RTLV1). The full genome of RTLV1 is 9,422 nt in length and contains three open reading frames with a 157-nt 5' untranslated region (UTR) and a 316-nt 3' UTR. The replicase shares the highest amino acid (aa) sequence identity (32.62%), with only 31% query coverage, with the replicase of Hubei virga-like virus 11. Phylogenetic analysis based on the aa sequence of ORF1 showed that RTLV1 clustered with unclassified members of the family Virgaviridae in a clade that was not closely related to any genus in this family.

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This study was supported by the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (no. 31860194 and 31860222).

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Chen, S., Yu, F., Li, Z. et al. Complete genome sequence of a novel virga-like virus infecting Hevea brasiliensis. Arch Virol 167, 965–968 (2022).

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