Differential effects of an exotic plant virus on its two closely related vectors

Huipeng Pan, Dong Chu, Baiming Liu, Xiaobin Shi, Litao Guo, Wen Xie, Yves Carrière, Xianchun Li, Youjun Zhang

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Concurrent spread of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus(TYLCV) with invasion of Bemisia tabaciQ rather than B in China suggests a more mutualistic relationship between TYLCV and Q than B. To assess this hypothesis, we quantified the impacts of TYLCV on the performance and competitiveness of B and Q in the laboratory. The results showed that relative to their non-infected counterparts feeding oncotton (a non-host for TYLCV), infected B exhibited significant reductions in life-history traits, whereas infected Q only showed marginal reductions. While Q performed better on TYLCV-infected tomato plants than on uninfected ones, the reverse was observed in B. Q displacement by B took one more generation on TYLCV-infected tomato plants than on healthy ones. These results demonstrate that TYLCV was indirectly mutualistic to Q but directly and indirectly parasitic to B.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2230
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - Jul 18 2013

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