EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2001 Num. article: 2001/164

Genome sequence of Watermelon silver mottle tospovirus completed

Watermelon silver mottle tospovirus (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) is considered as the most important pathogen of watermelon and other cucurbit crops in Taiwan. It is transmitted by Thrips palmi. The tripartite RNA genome of this virus has now been completely sequenced. Degenerate primers have also been developed to identify plant tospoviruses.


Chu, F.-U.; Choa, C.-H.; Chung, M.-H.; Chen, C.-C.; Yeh, S.-D. (2001) Completion of the genome sequence of Watermelon silver mottle virus and utilisation of degenerate primers for detecting tospoviruses in five serogroups.
Phytopathology, 91(4), 361-368.