EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2013 Num. article: 2013/061

Raspberry latent virus: a new virus on raspberry

Raspberry latent virus (RpLV) is a newly characterized virus (Reoviridae) found in commercial raspberry (Rubus idaeus) fields in Oregon, Washington (US) and British Columbia (CA). Unlike other reoviruses, which are transmitted by Delphicidae and Cidadellicae, RpLV is transmitted, with a low efficiency rate, by aphids (e.g. Amphorophora agathonica). Considering the genetic features of RpLV and its transmission by aphids, it is suggested that it could belong to a new genus tentatively called Raslavirus.


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