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Big vien
  Pathogen Responsible
Mirafiori lettuce virus
  Description and Sympotoms
Lettuce big-vein disease has been known in the U.S. since 1934 (Jagger and Chandler 1934). Symptoms include loss of chlorophyll around the vascular bundles in the leaf (often referred to as vein banding) and increased stiffness of the leaves, giving a bushy appearance and preventing proper head formation. The disease occurs in all market types of lettuce. Economic damage of commercially produced lettuce results from reduced plant size and decreased frequencies of plants possessing a marketable appearance. The disease is found worldwide and is caused by Mirafiori lettuce big-vein virus (MLBVV) (Lot et al., 2002). Isolates of MLBVV collected from four continents can be divided into two major groups (A and B) (Navarro et al., 2005a; Maccarone et al., 2010). Arizona and California MLBVV isolates are closely related to each other and to group A isolates found internationally (Hayes et al., 2006). The virus is vectored by Olpidium virulentus, a ubiquitous soil-borne fungal root parasite (Sasaya & Koganezaw, 2006; Hartwright et al., 2010; Maccarone, 2013).
  Current Management
Big-vein is most prevalent in cool wet soils, conditions that are favorable for both the vector and virus symptom expression (Campbell & Grogan, 1963; Westerlund et al., 1978a, 1978b). Winter and spring lettuce crops should be avoided in fields with a history of severe big-vein. O. virulentus produces resting spores containing MLBVV that may survive for decades and certain weed species may act as reservoirs of MLBVV and O. virulentus. (Jones, 2004; Navarro et al., 2005b, Maccarone, 2013). Consequently crop rotation is not effective at reducing disease levels. The disease may spread through movement of infested soil or water, through infected transplants, or seed externally infested with O. virulentus resting spores carrying MLBVV (Jones, 2004; Maccarone, 2013). Proper hygiene of equipment, around productions areas, and planting materials may limit the spread of big-vein disease to new sites. Soil fumigation with methyl bromide can reduce big-vein incidence for a limited number of subsequent crops (Campbell et al., 1980). Reduced disease may be observed in transplanted crops treated with fungicide or by covering the beds with black polyethylene mulch (Campbell et al., 1980; Latham & Jones, 2004).
  Genetics of Resistance
Incomplete resistance (IR) or partial resistance to tipburn is known in some lettuce cultivars that is expressed as a decreased rate of symptom development or lower frequencies of symptomatic plants at harvest maturity (Campbell & Grogan, 1963; Bos & Huijberts, 1990; Ryder & Robinson, 1995; Fujii et al., 2003; Latham & Jones, 2004; Hayes et al., 2006). Cultivars and progeny from experimental crosses exhibit quantitative differences for IR as well as extensive genotype x environment interaction (Ryder & Robinson, 1995). Iceberg cultivars were developed by the USDA-ARS in Salinas, CA with increased IR (Ryder and Robinson, 1991) and quantitative trait loci for IR on multiple linkage groups have been identified (Michelmore, 2010). Accessions of the wild relative L. virosa can be asymptomatic to big-vein (Bos & Huijberts, 1990; Hayes et al., 2008), though some asymptomatic accessions may accumulate high levels MLBVV (Hayes et al., 2008). Progeny from interspecific crosses between L. sativa cultivars and L. virosa accession IVT280 developed by B. Maisonneuve (INRA, France) were tested for big-vein resistance in Salinas, CA. Hybrid progeny were identified that expressed a high level of IR, but no progeny completely lacking big-vein symptoms were identified (Hayes & Ryder, 2007). However, the genes controlling IR from L. virosa appear to be independent of the genes controlling resistance in cultivated lettuce (Hayes & Ryder, 2007). Resistance to big-vein and MLBVV was reported in transgenic lettuce expressing inverted repeats of the MLBVV coat protein gene (Kawazu et al., 2009; Kawazu et al., 2010). Lettuce has genetic variation for susceptibility to Olpidium (Campbell, 1978). However, the genetic basis of this variation and its role in big-vein resistance, if any, has not been investigated. Clearly, there is potential for increasing resistance to big vein that has yet to be exploited.
  Genetic Marker Development
Additional genetic analyses of the genetics of big vein resistance from a variety of sources are warranted. Some are underway. So far, no molecular markers for marker assisted selection of big-vein resistance have been developed and validated.
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