Identification of a novel nanovirus in parsley
Using next-generation sequencing to characterize agents associated with a severe stunting disease of parsley from Germany, we identified a hitherto undescribed virus. We sequenced total RNA and rolling-circle-amplified DNA from diseased plants. The genome sequence of the virus shows that it is a member of the genus Nanovirus, but it lacks DNA-U4. In addition to the seven genomic DNAs of the virus, we identified a second DNA-R and seven distinct alphasatellites associated with the disease. We propose the name “parsley severe stunt associated virus” (PSSaV) for this novel nanovirus.
The authors would like to thank Verena Maiberg and Viola Weichelt for technical assistance.
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