Molecular Biodiversity, Taxonomy, and Nomenclature of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl-like Viruses

  • Mohammad Abhary
  • Basavaprabhu L. Patil
  • Claude M. Fauquet

Tomato yellow leaf curl disease (TYLCD) is one of the most devastating plant diseases in the world and is spreading fast, covering more than 20 countries across the globe. This disease is caused by several viruses belonging to different species which altogether are referred to as “Tomato yellow leaf curl viruses” (TYLCV). Taxonomically they all belong to at least six species and 15 strains of viruses. This chapter has multiple implications such as taxonomic, nomenclatural, evolutionary, and practical, and its purpose is to provide a clear vision on the status of knowledge of molecular diversity of TYLCV-like viruses, to offer an up-to-date list of virus names and their abbreviations with their corresponding GenBank accession numbers. This study also provides a sense of geminivirus evolution in a short span of time as well as on a long timescale. Human interference is being considered as the major factor for the recent spread of these viruses, thereby promoting and selecting new recombinants, and it is probably only the beginning of what we can envisage for many other geminiviruses on the planet earth. However, it is becoming apparent that TYLCV-like viruses have a better biological fitness to compete with locally present viruses in new ecological niches and thus it would be interesting to unravel and understand more about these biological characteristics in the near future to better appreciate future emergences of geminiviruses in the world.


Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Tomato Leaf Tomato Yellow Leaf Begomovirus Species Monopartite Begomovirus 
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  • Mohammad Abhary
    • 1
  • Basavaprabhu L. Patil
    • 1
  • Claude M. Fauquet
    • 1
  1. 1.International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB)Donald Danforth Plant Science CenterSt. LouisUSA

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