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    Abstract - Issue May 2014, 35 (3)                                     Back

nstantaneous and historical temperature effects on a-pinene

Molecular detection and partial characterization of a begomovirus causing leaf curl disease of potato in sub-Himalayan

West Bengal, India 



Aniruddha Saha1*, Bikram Saha1 and Dipanwita Saha2

1Department of Botany, University of North Bengal, Siliguri-734 013, India

2Department of Biotechnology, University of North Bengal. Siliguri-734 013, India

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Publication Data

Paper received:

23 October 2012


Revised received:

16 May 2013



31 July 2013



The characteristic disease symptoms of apical leaf curl, crinkled leaves and conspicuous mosaic were observed in potato plants grown in areas of Coochbehar, one of the distinct agroclimatic zones of sub-Himalayan West Bengal. Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) population was also observed in and around the infected plants. The characteristic disease symptoms and presence of whitefly (Bemisia tabaci)?? population indicated the possibility of begomovirus infection. Total DNA was extracted from infected samples and PCR was carried out using begomovirus specific primers. PCR product of 1539 nucleotide long containing pre-coat protein, coat protein, AC5, AC3, AC2 and partial AC1 gene of DNA-A segment and 1001 nucleotide long DNA-B containing BV1 and BC1 genes were submitted to the GenBank (accession numbers HQ597033 for DNA-A and JN390432 for DNA-B). The amplified DNA-A and DNA-B segment showed highest 98% and 99% nucleotide sequence similarity respectively with Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV). In phylogenetic analysis also the virus sequence clustered with ToLCNDV isolates. The disease was successfully transmitted to healthy tomato plants using both whitefly vector, B. tabaci and mechanical sap inoculation using sap of infected potato leaves. It is the first record of begomovirus infection of cultivated potato in sub-Himalayan West Bengal of Eastern India. ??? 


 Key words

Begomovirus, Potato, Whitefly



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