Virology (viruses, viroids, phloem-limited prokaryotes, virus-like agents)

Characterisation of new species and/or isolates of known viral agents (citrus, stone fruits, pome fruits, grapevine and fig)

This research line is aimed at providing novel insights into virus diseases of the fruit species grown in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. This knowledge is fundamental for the Mediterranean countries to compile their lists of quarantine pests, to plan in loco disease monitoring and control, to develop technical protocols for the certification of propagating material.

The research activities focus on the etiological role of the different viruses in the occurrence of some fruit tree diseases through inoculation to healthy plants and disease reproduction under controlled conditions.

Pure culture and isolation in laboratory conditions made it possible to characterise a number of viral agents from a biological, serological and molecular point of view and in some cases the whole genome was sequenced and decoded. A number of unknown viral entities could be described (MAIB is an internationally-reputed centre for the study of fig viruses and has made a positive contribution  to the description of several new grapevine and olive viruses) along with virus isolates of already known species of great economic importance. In particular for grapevine and olive, the genetic variability of virus populations of different origins was thoroughly investigated. In some cases, the virus characterisation was completed by the assessment of natural vector transmission to determine the dissemination potential in nature.


Starting: 1.01.1986
Scheduled ending: 31.12.2015
Real ending: 23.09.2019
Reference person/s: D'Onghia Anna Maria / Digiaro Michele / Djelouah Khaled / El Beaino Toufic /
Collaborators: Fanelli Antonio / Frasheri Dajana /
Thesis: Complete genome characterization of Grapevine Bulgarian latent virus (GBLV)
Further molecular characterization and production of polyclonal antisera for the Fig mosaic virus
Further molecular and biological characterisation of fig leaf mottle-associated viruses (1 and 2), and mealybug-vector transmission
Monitoring of Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) aphid vectors in Apulia region and experimental trials on the transmissibility of Mediterranean CTV isolated by aphids
Viruses and viroids of pome fruits in Morocco and characterization of pome fruit viroid isolates from Mediterraean area
Characterisation of a putative new ampelovirus associated with grapevine leafroll disease
Study of the sanitary status of fig in Tunisia and further characterisation of Fig leaf mottle associated virus
Characterization and strain typing of Mediterranean citrus tristeza virus (CTV) isolates
Sanitary status of stone fruits and characterization of Plum pox virus isolates in Egypt
Improving molecular and serological diagnosis of vitiviruses and characterization of a Grapevine leaf roll associated virus-4 (GLRaV-4) variant
Further molecular characterization and study on the genomic variability of Olive leaf yellowing-associated virus (OLYaV)
Phytoplasmas of fruit trees and grapevine in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sanitary status of stone fruit trees and typing of Plum pox virus isolates in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Improvement of Citrus exocortis viroid (CEVd) and Citrus cachexia viroid (CcaVd) detection
Evaluation du comportement de quelques plants d'abricotiers vis à vis de la Sharka
Preliminary study on citrus Tristeza virus (ctv) in Apulia
Characterization of two grapevine lefroll-associated virus 4 isolates: Koudsi Y252 and Koussan DD85
Characterization of two nepoviruses isolated from Turkish grapevines
Détection ed caractérisation des virus 4 et 5 associés à l'enroulement foliaire de la vigne (GLRaV-4 et GLRaV-5)
Identification of Apricot latent virus (ApLV) in Palestine and survey for the presence of ApLV and American plum line pattern virus (APLV) in Southern Italy
Genetic variability among isolates Grapevine leafroll associated virus 3 and evaluation of degenerate primers for vitiviruses diagnosis and identification
Sanitary status of grapevine in South-Eastern Anatolia and Nevsehir province and characterization of an Arabis mosaic virus (ArMV) isolate from Turkey
Identification and partial characterization of an American plum line pattern virus (APLPV) isolate from Palestine
Sanitary status of stone fruits in Syria and characterisation of Syrian Prunus necrotic ring spot virus (PNRSV) isolates
Characterisation of a citrus collection showing leaf infectious variegation or crinkle–like symptoms
Etude de l'incidence et de la distribution du virus de la psorose des agrumes (CPV) au Maroc par "DTBIA" et caractérisation partielle de quelques souches locales de CPV
Contribution à l’étude du rôle étiologique du virus D de la vigne
Characterization of prunus dwarf virus (PDV) isolates
Institutions involved: Centro di Ricerca e Sperimentazione in Agricoltura “Basile Caramia”, Locorotondo
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Centro di Virologia del CNR, sezione di Bari
Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie (INAT)
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique de Tunisie (INRAT)
Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
INRA, Rabat
Lebanese Agriculture Research Institute (LARI)
Università degli Studi di Bari
Università degli Studi di Udine
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