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Detection of Tobacco streak virus isolates in North American Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.)

A. Teifion Jones, Wendy J. McGavin, and Alison Dolan

17 July 2001


In tests on cranberry cultivars imported into Scotland from the USA, two cultivars were found infected with Tobacco streak virus (TSV). Three distinct isolates of this virus were detected in this infected material. This is the first report of natural infection with TSV in Vaccinium species and the first characterised virus reported in cranberry. As TSV is seed and pollen transmitted in many hosts, care should be taken to test plants before propagation or when using as parents in plant breeding programs.


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