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Squash (Cucurbita pepo) fields in Mosul suffered from virus-like symptoms, such as vein clearing, severe mosaic, mottling, chlorosis, necrosis, stunting and fruit discoloration. The symptoms were associated with aphids presence in the infected fields.  A metatranscriptomic analysis has been applied to detect the causal agent. The result showed that 559,024 mapped reads were related to Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus with full coverage to produce 5,662 bp consensus sequence. The virus sequence was deposited in National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) under accession number OQ865059, and the isolate named Iraq. For the first time in Iraq, the infection of the virus has been reported in squash, highlighting the impact of such virus infection that spread epidemically across the squash and other cucurbits fields.


Bioinformatics Luteoviridae Polerovirus RNA seq Squash genome

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Al-Ogaidi, L. ., Alisawi, O. ., Qasim, N. ., & Ibrahim, B. . (2024). Short Notes: First Report of Cucurbite Aphid-Borne Yellows Virus in Iraq. Basrah Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 37(1), 300–302.


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