Biological and Genetic Analysis of Potato Virus Y Isolates Affecting the U.S. Potato Crop (FY 2008)
Potato virus Y isolates collected by State Potato Seed Certification agencies and partially characterized by either State laboratories or the ARS laboratory at Ithaca, NY will be sent to the University of Idaho. Virus genomes will be amplified using a RT-PCR protocol and the products sequenced. Sequence information will be catalogued in a bioinformatics database that will be made available to all collaborators on the project. Virus protein fragments will be expressed in bacteria and used to characterize epitopes that recognize monoclonal antibodies.