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Little cherry virus 1 (LChV-1) belongs to the genus Velarivirus, family Closteroviridae, is an economically important pathogen affecting mainly cherry around the world emphasizing the impetus for its efficient and accurate on-site detection. This study describes the development of a reliable diagnostic protocol of LChV-1 based on a one-step reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP). The protocol detects LChV-1 isolates in less than 10 min by fluorescence monitoring using a mobile detection device and is most optimal when performed at 67 °C. Sharp melting curves and unique melting temperatures (Tm) were obtained for the positive samples. Both the RT-LAMP and classical RT-PCR methods are capable of specifically detecting LChV-1 in infected leaf tissues. In addition, the RT-LAMP has remarkable advantages in comparison to RT-PCR. It is at least hundred fold more sensitive, significantly faster (allowing on-field leaf-to-result diagnostic) and efficient at minimal cost. In conclusion, this innovative RT-LAMP approach can contribute to the implementation of sustainable integrated management strategies for detection of LChV-1 in commercial orchards or for horticultural research stations. It is also suitable for decision support in phytosanitary epidemiological programs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of virological methods
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 10-Jan-2019

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