Application of virus vectors against Grapevine Leafroll Disease


Project Number
GENUS 17-03

Project title
Application of virus vectors against grapevine leafroll disease

Project leader
Maree, H J

Institution
Stellenbosch University: Department of Genetics

Team members
Carstens, R
Burger, J T
Bester, R

Project description
It is generally accepted that Grapevine Leafroll Disease (GLD) has a negative impact on grape and ultimately wine quality. Once infected vines cannot be cured and no natural resistance has been identified. In this project we have the ambitious aim to develop a virus-based control measure for GLD based on RNA interference (RNAi) using grapevine virus A (GVA) and/or grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 (GLRaV-3) infectious clones.

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