Papaya leaf curl virus

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Papaya leaf curl virus (PaLCuV)

The virus has been reported from several countries in southern Asia and infects mainly papaya, causing characteristic curling of the leaves as well as chlorosis, twisted petioles and stunting. Infected plants produced small and distorted fruits that often fall off prematurely. The virus is transmitted by the whitefly (Bemisia tabaci). Apart from the typical form, two other related viruses have been described from eastern Asia, Papaya leaf curl China virus and Papaya leaf curl Guangdong virus.