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Inconsistent Transmission of Banana Bunchy Top Virus in Micropropagated Bananas and its Implication for Germplasm Screening

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Thomas, J. E., Smith, M. K., Kessling, A.F. and Hamill, S. D. (1995) Inconsistent Transmission of Banana Bunchy Top Virus in Micropropagated Bananas and its Implication for Germplasm Screening. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research., 46 (3). pp. 663-671.


Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AR9950663

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au/


Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) was readily transmitted through tissue culture in banana (Mum sp.) cv. Lady finger (AAB) and Cavendish cv. Williams (AAA). Lines derived from infected and healthy field plants had similar in vitro multiplication rates. BBTV infected in vitro cultures displayed symptoms of stunting, leaf curling, chlorotic and green flecks, and poor root growth. Symptoms became milder with time, and were often difficult to discern in older, rapidly multiplying cultures. A triple antibody sandwich ELISA using polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies was very efficient for detecting BBTV in vitro. Symptomless, ELISA-negative plants arose in 10 out of 11 lines derived from BBTV-infected field plants and first appeared after 9 months continuous in vitro culture at a constant 28OC. Meristem tip culture or heat therapy was not used. These plants remained symptomless and ELISA-negative after planting out in the glasshouse (individual plants checked for up to 16 months). The implications of this inconsistent transmission of BBTV for germplasm indexing and exchange are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from © CSIRO Publishing. Access to published version may be available via Publisher’s website.
Keywords:Banana bunchy top virus; Musa; germplasm; micropropagation; tissue culture; ELISA.
Subjects:Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Culture of individual fruits or types of fruit > Bananas
Plant pests and diseases > Individual or types of plants or trees
Plant culture > Propagation
Plant pests and diseases > Plant pathology
Live Archive:24 Dec 2007
Last Modified:17 Feb 2023 04:34

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