Changes in the intraisolate genetic structure of Beet necrotic yellow vein virus populations associated with plant resistance breakdown. Academic Article uri icon


  • The causal agent of rhizomania disease, Beet necrotic yellow vein virus (BNYVV), typically produces asymptomatic root-limited infections in sugar beets (Beta vulgaris) carrying the Rz1-allele. Unfortunately, this dominant resistance has been recently overcome. Multiple cDNA clones of the viral pathogenic determinant p25, derived from populations infecting susceptible or resistant plants, were sequenced to identify host effects on the viral population structure. Populations isolated from compatible plant-virus interactions (susceptible plant-wild type virus and resistant plant-resistant breaking variants) were large and relatively homogeneous, whereas those from the incompatible interaction (resistant plant-avirulent type virus) were small and highly heterogeneous. All populations from susceptible plants had the same dominant haplotype, whereas those from resistant cultivars had a different haplotype surrounded by a spectrum of mutants. Selection and diversification analyses suggest an evolutionary trajectory of BNYVV with positive selection for changes required to overcome resistance, followed by elimination of hitchhiking mutations through purifying selection.

published proceedings

  • Virology

author list (cited authors)

  • Acosta-Leal, R., Fawley, M. W., & Rush, C. M.

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Acosta-Leal, Rodolfo||Fawley, Marvin W||Rush, Charles M

publication date

  • June 2008