|Title||Enhanced hypovirus transmission by engineered super donor strains of the chestnut blight fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica, into a natural population of strains exhibiting diverse vegetative compatibility genotypes.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Stauder, CM, Nuss, DL, Zhang, D-X, Double, ML, MacDonald, WL, Metheny, AM, Kasson, MT|
|Date Published||2018 Dec 11|
Horizontal transmission of virulence attenuating hypoviruses of Cryphonectria parasitica is restricted by an allorecognition system termed vegetative incompatibility (vic). A super donor formulation of two engineered C. parasitica strains (SD328/SD82) with gene disruptions at four of six vic loci transmitted hypovirus to strains in the laboratory independent of vic genotype. We now report the transmission of hypovirus by the SD328/82 formulation to a diverse, natural C. parasitica population infecting American chestnut in a forest setting. Hypovirulent (HV) isolates were recovered from 94% of cankers treated with the hypovirus-infected SD328/82 formulation compared to 51% of cankers treated with a hypovirus-infected EU5/6 formulation (strains having the same vic genotypes as SD strains but lacking vic gene disruptions). Overall, the SD328/82 formulation transmitted hypovirus into more divergent vic genotypes compared to the EU5/6 formulation. These results demonstrate the SD328/82 formulation can serve as an enhanced hypovirus vector for highly divergent C. parasitica populations.