Entry of bunyaviruses into plants and vectors

Yuting Chen, Moshe Dessau, Dorith Rotenberg, David A. Rasmussen, Anna E. Whitfield

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The majority of plant-infecting viruses are transmitted by arthropod vectors that deliver them directly into a living plant cell. There are diverse mechanisms of transmission ranging from direct binding to the insect stylet (non-persistent transmission) to persistent-propagative transmission in which the virus replicates in the insect vector. Despite this diversity in interactions, most arthropods that serve as efficient vectors have feeding strategies that enable them to deliver the virus into the plant cell without extensive damage to the plant and thus effectively inoculate the plant. As such, the primary virus entry mechanism for plant viruses is mediated by the biological vector. Remarkably, viruses that are transmitted in a propagative manner (bunyaviruses, rhabdoviruses, and reoviruses) have developed an ability to replicate in hosts from two kingdoms. Viruses in the order Bunyavirales are of emerging importance and with the advent of new sequencing technologies, we are getting unprecedented glimpses into the diversity of these viruses. Plant-infecting bunyaviruses are transmitted in a persistent, propagative manner must enter two unique types of host cells, plant and insect. In the insect phase of the virus life cycle, the propagative viruses likely use typical cellular entry strategies to traverse cell membranes. In this review, we highlight the transmission and entry strategies of three genera of plant-infecting bunyaviruses: orthotospoviruses, tenuiviruses, and emaraviruses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirus Entry
EditorsMargaret Kielian, Thomas C. Mettenleiter, Marilyn J. Roossinck
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9780128183946
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Virus Research
ISSN (Print)0065-3527
ISSN (Electronic)1557-8399

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© 2019 Elsevier Inc.


  • Arthropod vector
  • Bunyavirales
  • Eriophyid mite
  • Plant-virus-vector interactions
  • Planthopper
  • Thrips
  • Tomato spotted wilt virus


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