Pelamoviroid (genus)

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decline of a peach tree, induced by Peach latent mosaic viroid (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: R. Flores
Source: IPM Images

Pelamoviroid (genus)

This genus contains viroids similar to the Peach latent mosaic viroid. Apart from the type species, only the Chrysanthemum chlorotic mottle viroid has been assigned to this genus. These two viroids cause diseases associated with mottling, chlorosis, fruit deformation, rapid ageing and decline on peach trees.

The viroid molecules lack a central conserved region and have the ability to self-cleave through hammerhead structures. In contrast to other viroids, the RNA molecule has a branched structure.

The following species are currently entered into the system: