Exploring the Host Range of Rose rosette Virus among Herbaceous Annual Plants. Academic Article uri icon


  • To study the host range of Rose rosette virus (RRV), we employed crude sap inoculum extracted from RRV-infected roses and the RRV infectious clone. We inoculated plants from the families Solanaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Leguminosae, Malvaceae, Amaranthaceae, and Brassicaceae. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to detect RRV in the inoculated plants throughout their growth stages. Interestingly, RRV was detected in the newly developed leaves of tomato, pepper, tobacco, cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, pea, peanut, soybean, spinach, okra, and Chenopodium spp. The speed of upward advancement of RRV within infected plants was variable between plants as it took two to three weeks for some plant species and up to five weeks in other plant species to emerge in the newest leaves. No severe symptoms were detected on most of the inoculated plants. Chenopodium spp., spinach, cucumber and Nicotiana rustica exhibited either chlorotic or necrotic lesions with variable shapes and patterns on the systemically infected leaves. Double membrane-bound particles of 80-120 nm in diameter were detected by transmission electron microscopy in the infected tissues of cucumber, pepper, and N. benthamiana plants. This finding infers the validity of mechanical inoculation for RRV on a wide range of plants that would serve as potential natural reservoirs.

published proceedings

  • Pathogens

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Atallah, O. O., Yassin, S. M., Shirley, N., & Verchot, J.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Atallah, Osama O||Yassin, Sherin M||Shirley, Natalie||Verchot, Jeanmarie

publication date

  • December 2022