First reports of Cotton leaf curl Gezira virus and Okra yellow crinkle virus associated with okra leaf curl disease in Cote d'Ivoire.
In 2012 and 2013, severe symptoms of leaf curling, deformation and vein thickening, resembling those of okra leaf curl disease (OLCD) were observed on okras in 4 localities in southeastern Cote d'Ivoire. Fourteen leaf samples with symptoms were collected and tested for the presence of viruses. The causal pathogens were identified as Cotton leaf curl Gezira virus (CLCuGeV) and Okra yellow crinkle virus (OYCrV) based on various molecular analyses. This is thought to be the first report of CLCuGeV and OYCrV implicated in OLCD in Cote d'Ivoire.