A recent paper, co-authored by Wiktoria Szydło, reported the full genomes of two European Wheat streak mosaic virus isolates, provided their molecular and biological characteristics and transmissibility by wheat curl mite (lineage MT-8), the only known vector of the virus. Although widely present in Europe, the virus transmissibility was formally checked for the first time with a local population of mites and local virus isolates. The study of genetic diversity of the WSMV populations and the occurrence of recombination events within the virus population should be considered in future disease management strategies, as well as local virus isolates should be incorporated into studies on the virus-vector relationship.

The study was supported by the National Science Centre (NCN) in Poland, Grant No. 2011/01/N/NZ8/04540.

Trzmiel K., Szydło W., Hasiów-Jaroszewska B., 2021. Biological and molecular characterisation of the two Polish Wheat streak mosaic virus isolates and their transmission by wheat curl mites. Plant Protection Science 57 (3), https://doi.org/10.17221/104/2020-PPS