Journal of General Plant Pathology

, Volume 85, Issue 6, pp 465–467 | Cite as

Studies on the interaction between tomato spotted wilt tospovirus and thrips

  • Yasuhiro TomitakaEmail author


Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus (TSWV), a type species of the genus Orthotospovirus, which belongs to the family Tospoviridae, causes necrotic yellow and necrosis diseases of vegetables including tomatoes and green peppers, and to flowers such as chrysanthemum and dahlia, and causes economic damage, yield loss, and loss of quality. TSWV has a spherical enveloped virion that contains three species of singlestrand RNA segments (L, M, and S). The genome encodes fives genes; a putative cell-to-cell movement protein (NSm), a non-structural protein (NSs), a nucleocapsid protein (N), an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, and a precursor of surface glycoproteins (GN/GC). TSWV is transmitted in a circulative and propagative manner by thrips such as western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) and onion thrips (Thrips tabaci). TSWV has been controlled using the virus resistance genes of the cultivars and by controlling the vector using insecticides. However, the emergence of TSWV that can no longer be controlled using the resistance gene of the cultivars and the development of resistance to insecticides by thrips is a serious problem worldwide. Hence, the interactions among TSWV, western flower thrips, and Arabisopsis thaliana were analysed to develop a novel way to control TSWV on the basis of the interaction mechanism.


Tospovirus Thrips Attractiveness 



I express my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Shinya Tsuda, Professor, Hosei University, for his valuable guidance and advice throughout this research. I also express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Masatomo Kobayashi and Dr. Hiroshi Abe of RIKEN BioResource Center, Dr. Tamito Sakurai of the National Agricultural Research Center of NARO, and researchers and technical assistants at the RIKEN Bioresource Center and the NARO for their advice and support in conducting our research.

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The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NARO Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research CenterKumamotoJapan

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