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Research Project: Mitigating High Consequence Domestic, Exotic, and Emerging Diseases of Fruits, Vegetables, and Ornamentals

Location: Subtropical Plant Pathology Research

Title: A new Potyvirus found in Dioscorea bulbifera in Florida

item DEY, K.K - Florida Department Of Agriculture
item MELZER, M.J. - University Of Hawaii
item KERR, C - Florida Department Of Agriculture
item LI, C - Florida Department Of Agriculture
item XIAOAN, S - Florida Department Of Agriculture
item Adkins, Scott

Submitted to: American Phytopathological Society Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/15/2017
Publication Date: 6/1/2017
Citation: Dey, K., Melzer, M., Kerr, C., Li, C., Xiaoan, S., Adkins, S.T. 2017. A new Potyvirus found in Dioscorea bulbifera in Florida. American Phytopathological Society Abstracts.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Air potato, Dioscorea bulbifera, an herbaceous twining vine, native to tropical Asia, was introduced to Florida in 1905. Due to its ability to displace native species and disrupt natural processes such as fire and water flow, air potato has been listed as one of Florida’s most invasive plant species since 1993, and was placed on the Florida Noxious Weed List by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 1999. In March 2016, air potato specimens displaying mosaic symptoms were collected in Alachua County, FL. Symptomatic leaf tissue tested positive for potyvirus infection using serological assays. Sequencing of RT-PCR amplicons confirmed the potyvirus diagnosis and suggested the virus infecting air potato is a new potyvirus species.