Deinbollia mosaic virus: a novel begomovirus infecting the sapindaceous weed Deinbollia borbonica in Kenya and Tanzania

Arch Virol. 2017 May;162(5):1393-1396. doi: 10.1007/s00705-016-3217-9. Epub 2017 Jan 9.


Four isolates of a bipartite begomovirus from naturally infected Deinbollia borbonica plants exhibiting yellow mosaic symptoms in Kenya and Tanzania were molecularly characterised. The DNA-A was most closely related to that of tomato leaf curl Mayotte virus (AM701764; 82%), while the DNA-B shared the highest nucleotide sequence identity with that of East African cassava mosaic virus (AJ704953) at 65%. Based on the current ICTV species demarcation criterion for the genus Begomovirus (≥91% sequence identity for the complete DNA-A), we report the full-length genome sequence of this novel bipartite begomovirus. The results reveal additional diversity and reservoir hosts of begomoviruses in East Africa.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Begomovirus / classification
  • Begomovirus / genetics*
  • Begomovirus / isolation & purification
  • DNA, Viral / genetics*
  • Genome, Viral / genetics*
  • Kenya
  • Mosaic Viruses / genetics
  • Phylogeny
  • Plant Diseases / virology*
  • Sapindaceae / virology*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Tanzania


  • DNA, Viral