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Researchers at the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants (IBMCP), a joint venture of Valencia's Polytechnic University (UPV) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), have developed a new analysis kit that makes it possible to detect all Potyvirus species, comprising the largest vegetable virus genus, with just one test and at a reduced cost.
The Potyvirus genus is comprises 148 species, some of which threaten a large part of fruit and vegetable crops. "They represent the largest threat for potato production in the world, and can decrease crop efficiency by up to 90 percent. Furthermore, it causes the most destructive stone diseases for fruits worldwide," explains Jesús Ángel Sánchez, researcher at the IBMCP.
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A majority of the systems currently available to detect viruses are based on a combination of serological tests field inspections for visual symptoms. These methods require a lot of time or are expensive. "Our kit makes it possible to detect all the species of a virus genus in a quick, simple way and with just one test," says Jesús Ángel Sánchez. Furthermore, the possibility to reuse specific probes enables large-scale prospecting at an affordable price.
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