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Abstract

Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus is associated with pumpkin leaf curl: a new disease in northern India.

Abstract

During 2006, pumpkin leaf curl - a new disease was observed in the experimental field at Indian Agricultural Research Institute. The disease was characterized by upward leaf curl with chlorotic patches and stunting of plant. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with coat protein specific primers to Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) indicated association of a begomovirus with the disease. The sequence comparison and phylogenetic analysis of the complete DNA genome further revealed the identity of the virus as ToLCNDV. The study provides evidence that ToLCNDV is associated with the leaf curl of pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) in northern India.