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Abstract

First report of Tomato leaf curl Gujarat virus, a bipartite begomovirus on cotton showing leaf curl symptoms in Pakistan.

Abstract

During a routine survey for monitoring cotton leaf curl disease in October 2013, several leaf samples of infected cotton plants showing typical symptoms of disease, such as leaf curling and vein thickening, were collected from the Gojra region of Punjab, Pakistan, and were checked for the presence of begomoviruses and associated satellites. The presence of Tomato leaf curl Gujarat virus (ToLCGuV) was detected based on various genetic analyses. This is thought to be the first report of a bipartite begomovirus on cotton showing leaf curl disease symptoms in Pakistan.