The westward journey of alfalfa leaf curl virus

Zohreh Davoodi, Nicolás Bejerman, Cécile Richet, Denis Filloux, Safaa G. Kumari, Elisavet K. Chatzivassiliou, Serge Galzi, Charlotte Julian, Samira Samarfard, Verónica Trucco, Fabián Giolitti, Elvira Fiallo-Olivé, Jesús Navas-Castillo, Nader Asaad, Abdul Rahman Moukahel, Jomana Hijazi, Samia Mghandef, Jahangir Heydarnejad, Hossein Massumi, Arvind VarsaniRalf G. Dietzgen, Gordon W. Harkins, Darren P. Martin, Philippe Roumagnac

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Alfalfa leaf curl virus (ALCV), which causes severe disease symptoms in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and is transmitted by the widespread aphid species, Aphis craccivora Koch, has been found throughout the Mediterranean basin as well as in Iran and Argentina. Here we reconstruct the evolutionary history of ALCV and attempt to determine whether the recent discovery and widespread detection of ALCV is attributable either to past diagnostic biases or to the emergence and global spread of the virus over the past few years. One hundred and twenty ALCV complete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 4 2018


  • Alfalfa
  • Alfalfa leaf curl virus
  • Evolutionary history
  • Geminivirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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