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A Strain of Japanese holly fern mottle virus Infecting Leatherleaf Fern in the United States

R. A. Valverde and S. Sabanadzovic

January 2011


Leatherleaf fern, a popular cut foliage plant for use in flower arrangements, was found showing virus-like symptoms at a local nursery in Baton Rouge, LA. The causal agent of the disease was determined to be a strain of Japanese holly fern mottle virus. The virus was identified by dsRNA, RT-PCR, and sequence analyses.


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