Vector transmission of grapevine leafroll-associated viruses

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The ampeloviruses causing grapevine leafroll disease are transmitted by mealybug and soft scale insect vectors. Vector transmission of virus species in this complex occurs in a semi-persistent manner, with no current evidence of a strict vector-virus species specificity. However, only a limited number of studies have addressed questions such as virus-vector transmission efficiency, and there are no published studies on virus-vector molecular interactions. Here we present a summary of what is known about the vector transmission of grapevine-associated ampeloviruses. Because the management of grapevine leafroll diseases depends on a robust understanding of how these viruses are disseminated in vineyards, we also highlight research needs and knowledge gaps.




Herrbach, E., Alliaume, A., Prator, C. A., Daane, K. M., Cooper, M. L., & Almeida, R. P. P. (2017). Vector transmission of grapevine leafroll-associated viruses. In Grapevine Viruses: Molecular Biology, Diagnostics and Management (pp. 483–503). Springer International Publishing.

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