Movement and localization of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Viruses in the Infected Plant

  • Christina Wege

After its release into the phloem of a young leaf by feeding Bemisia tabaci, TYLCV systemically invades most plant organs above and below ground within 1–2 weeks (Ber et al., 1990; Czosnek et al., 1988b; Kheyr-Pour et al., 1994; Michelson et al., 1994; Picó et al., 1999, 2001; Rom et al., 1993). Different virus titers will accumulate depending on the organ type and its position at the plant. In tomato, viral replication and translocation usually precede symptom appearance by days or even weeks. Tolerant tomoto varieties were developed following epidemics of devastating tomato yellow leaf curl disease (TYLCD) in Israel and the Middle East since the first half of last century (Cohen & Antignus, 1994; Czosnek, 1999, and references herein). In tolerant breeding lines, TYLCV spread is almost or fully latent, producing only mild and delayed phenotypic alterations, if at all (Picó et al., 1996; Rom et al., 1993).

In order to understand TYLCD pathogenesis, detailed analyses on transmissibility, symptom induction, and host range of the causative agent named Tomato yellow leaf curl virus were performed in the 1960s (Cohen & Nitzany, 1966). In this study, eight symptomless crops and weed hosts were discovered, which were able to serve as source plants for whitefly inoculation of test plant species. These early findings substantiated the frequently “hidden nature” of the virus upon translocation inside its hosts. Hence, unraveling time course, preferential routes, and final distribution patterns of the virus in the different types of tissues and cells has been attempted in several consecutive studies, whenever more advanced techniques were available.


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  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biology and Plant Virology, Institute of BiologyUniversität StuttgartGermany

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