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First report of Pelargonium zonate spot virus from wild Brassicaceae plants in Japan

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Pelargonium zonate spot virus (PZSV) was identified from two wild Brassicaceae plant species, Arabidopsis halleri and Rorippa indica, in central Japan using RNA-Seq and RT-PCR. The deduced amino acid sequences of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase and coat protein were highly similar to those of previously reported PZSV isolates, with 96.6–98.2% and 93.7–98.0% identity, respectively. Mechanical inoculation revealed the pathogenicity of the PZSV isolate to Nicotiana benthamiana and Brassica oleracea. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of PZSV from Japan.

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We thank M. Sato and G. Atsumi for their comments. This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) (26221106) MEXT to HK, a Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows (15J00628) to MK, and the Platform for Supporting Drug Discovery, Informatics, and Structural Life Science from Japan AMED (PDIS0046).

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Kamitani, M., Nagano, A.J., Honjo, M.N. et al. First report of Pelargonium zonate spot virus from wild Brassicaceae plants in Japan. J Gen Plant Pathol 83, 329–332 (2017).

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