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Abstract

First report of Chickpea chlorotic dwarf virus in watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) in Morocco.

Abstract

During 2015 watermelon plants with fruits showing cracking, yellowing and brown areas in the flesh were observed in some areas in Morocco. During 2017, similar symptoms were again observed in the regions of Marrakech, Tifelt and Zagoura. The causal pathogen was isolated and identified as Chickpea chlorotic dwarf virus (CpCDV) based on various molecular analyses. This is thought to be the first report of CpCDV infecting watermelon in Morocco.