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Abstract

First report of tobacco mild green mosaic virus and tomato brown rugose fruit virus infecting Capsicum annuum in Jordan.

Abstract

During the winter growing seasons of 2015 and 2016, virus symptoms including stunting of young plants, puckering, and yellow mottling of leaves in sweet pepper plants (Capsicum annuum) grown under plastic houses were observed in Jordan. The most obvious symptoms were the misshapen fruits that affected the market value of the crop. The causal pathogens were isolated and identified based on molecular data. BLASTN analysis of the assembled contigs revealed the presence of two virus-derived contigs: Tobacco mild green mosaic virus (TMGMV) (6,414 nt, MK648158) and Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) (6,388 nt, MK648157), which represented a nearly full-length genome. This is thought to be the first report of TMGMV and ToBRFV infecting pepper in Jordan.