Details of DPV and References

DPV NO: 182 September 1977

Family: Caulimoviridae
Genus: Caulimovirus
Species: Carnation etched ring virus | Acronym: CERV

Carnation etched ring virus

R. H. Lawson US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland 20705, USA

Suzanne S. Hearon US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland 20705, USA

F. L. Civerolo US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland 20705, USA



Described by Hollings & Stone (1961).

A DNA-containing virus with isometric particles about 45 nm in diameter occurring in cytoplasmic inclusion bodies. Transmissible by mechanical inoculation and by Myzus persicae. It is found naturally only in Dianthus caryophyllus. Distribution world-wide.

Main Diseases

Causes etched ring disease, characterized by necrotic flecks, rings and line patterns on the leaves of carnation, Dianthus caryophyllus. These necrotic leaf patterns may enlarge to form blotches (Fig. 1) without conspicuous chlorosis. More severe symptoms including leaf chlorosis, necrotic spots and rings, and stem streaks and flecks are associated with mixed infection by carnation etched ring and carnation mottle viruses (Hakkaart, 1968). Expression of carnation etched ring symptoms may also be intensified in mixed infections with unidentified viruses having 25 nm and 29 nm particles (Hollings, Stone & Bouttell, 1968). Symptom development in carnation is temperature-dependent. Plants of cv. Peace River grown with 15,000 lux fluorescent illumination show necrotic rings, spots and patches at 21°C, but are symptomless at 26°C (R. H. Lawson & S. S. Hearon, unpublished data). Symptoms are most conspicuous on D. caryophyllus from March-June in young vegetative growth in the greenhouse (Paludan, 1970).

Geographical Distribution


Host Range and Symptomatology

Only members of the Caryophyllaceae are infected. The virus is transmissible by mechanical inoculation with crude sap and by Myzus persicae.

Diagnostic species

Saponaria vaccaria cv. Pink Beauty. Mechanically inoculated plants develop several different types of symptom separately, or in combination. The symptoms may be (1) concentric red rings about 2 to 5 mm in diameter appearing after 10 to 30 days on inoculated leaves (Fig. 2, Fig. 3); (2) necrotic flecks and patches often appearing on the midvein at the base of the leaf and causing collapse of systemically invaded leaves; necrotic patches may also be on inoculated leaves; (3) yellow spots, lines and rings on the inoculated leaves or one or two leaf pairs above the inoculated leaves (Fig. 4); (4) shortening of the internodes mainly in the lower to mid portion of the plant (Hakkaart, 1974). Leaf curl and red lines develop on one or two leaf pairs above the inoculated leaves on some plants.

Symptom development is affected by daylength and temperature. Mechanically inoculated leaves develop concentric red rings and lines after 10-13 days at 21-26°C with fluorescent illumination of 10,000-12,000 lux for 12 h per day (S. S. Hearon & R. H. Lawson, unpublished data), whereas concentric chlorotic rings occur more commonly on plants grown at 32°C.

Dianthus caryophyllus cv. Joker. Shows typical ‘etched ring’ symptoms (see Main Diseases). Graft inoculation has been used in England (Hollings & Stone, 1961) but gave inconsistent results in the Netherlands (Hakkaart, 1974). Plants containing unidentified viruses with 25 nm and 29 nm particles, in addition to carnation etched ring virus, showed severe symptoms of etched ring, including the blotch reaction on leaves and etched rings on the flower stem (Hollings et al., 1968). Alone, each of the three viruses produced only slight symptoms.

Silene armeria. Systemic necrotic line patterns and blotches after 2-3 weeks but the reaction is considered unreliable (Hakkaart, 1968). Symptoms are enhanced when plants are previously infected with carnation mottle virus. The unidentified 25 nm and 29 nm viruses associated with carnation etched ring virus in D. caryophyllus are also transmitted by sap inoculation to this host (Hollings & Stone, 1973).

Propagation and assay species

Saponaria vaccaria var. Pink Beauty and Silene armeria (systemic symptoms).


None reported.

Transmission by Vectors

Transmitted by the aphid Myzus persicae to Silene armeria (Hollings & Stone, 1973). The virus was also transmitted from Saponaria vaccaria to S. vaccaria by Myzus persicae after starving for 2 h, then an acquisition feeding period of 10 min followed by an inoculation access period of 24 h (F. F. Smith & R. H. Lawson, unpublished data).

Transmission through Seed

None reported.

Transmission by Dodder

None reported.


The virus is moderately immunogenic. Injection of a rabbit with a total of 100 µg of partially purified virus in three intravenous injections gave antiserum, collected 20 days after the first injection, that had a titre of 1/256 in microprecipitin tests (Lawson & Civerolo, 1976). Antiserum reacted with the homologous antigen in agar gel double diffusion tests (Hollings & Stone, 1969).


Concentrated preparations of the virus reacted with antisera to dahlia mosaic virus or cauliflower mosaic virus (Hollings & Stone, 1969; Brunt, 1971). The relationship between carnation etched ring and cauliflower mosaic viruses was confirmed in microprecipitin tests with partially purified antigens (Lawson & Civerolo, 1976).

Stability in Sap

In S. vaccaria sap the thermal inactivation point (10 min) is between 80 and 85°C; dilution end-point is between 10-3 and 10-4. The virus retains infectivity in frozen Saponaria leaf tissue for 4 months and isolated inclusion bodies retain infectivity when stored in water at 4°C for at least 7 months.


The virus has been purified from Dianthus caryophyllus (Fujisawa, Rubio-Huertos & Matsui, 1971) and Saponaria vaccaria (Lawson & Civerolo, 1976). We estimate that the yield of virus from S. vaccaria (50-400 µg/100 g tissue) is 5-6 times greater than the yield from Silene armeria (Fujisawa, Rubio-Huertos & Matsui, 1972). The S. vaccaria plants are inoculated when they have four true leaves with the upper two leaves about half expanded. Harvest inoculated leaves, together with one or two pairs of systemically infected leaves immediately above the inoculated leaves, 18-20 days after inoculation. Homogenize fresh or frozen tissue in 4-5 volumes of 0.1 M phosphate buffer, pH 7.2, add n-butanol to 8% (v/v) and stir for 2 h. Add urea to 6% (w/v) and Triton X-100 to 2.5% (v/v) and stir the extract for an additional 16-17 h. Centrifuge the extract at 5,000 g for 15 mm and pour the supernatant fluid through cheesecloth. Concentrate the virus by differential centrifugation and purify further by centrifugation in sucrose density gradients (Lawson & Civerolo, 1976).

Properties of Particles

A sedimentation coefficient (s20,w) of 206 S is reported (Fujisawa et al., 1971), similar to that of cauliflower mosaic virus.

Particle Structure

Virus particles from the major UV-absorbing zone in sucrose density gradients in phosphate buffer when mounted in 2% potassium phosphotungstate, pH 7.0, are 42-44 nm in diameter (85 particles measured) (Fig. 5). Virus particles separated from a sucrose density gradient in phosphate buffer were 47 nm in diameter (Fujisawa et al., 1971). Virus particles are also associated with a second small peak below the major UV-absorbing zone (R. H. Lawson & E. L. Civerolo, unpublished data). They occur in clusters with amorphous material apparently binding them together. The particle clusters may originate from fragments of inclusion bodies. There was no evidence of regular aggregates of dimers or trimers. In leaf-dip preparations stained with neutral 2% KPTA, 85% of 64 particles measured 44-47 nm and the remaining particles measured 47-50 nm. Results were similar when virus particles in leaf-dip preparations were stained with neutral 3% ammonium molybdate.

Particle Composition

Nucleic acid: DNA: The nucleic acid isolated from purified virus is completely digested by deoxyribonuclease (DNase) but not by ribonuclease (Fujisawa et al., 1972). Infectivity is destroyed by DNase (Lawson & Civerolo, 1976). The DNA occurs as short linear forms 0.38-0.62 µm long, with some molecules measuring 1.8-2.1 µm, and circular molecules of 2.15-2.25 µm (Fig. 6). Some preparations contain many highly twisted forms that lack free ends and are apparently circular. The M.Wt of the circular molecules is c. 4.21-4.31 x 106 daltons. Virus DNA preparations contain three electrophoretic components labelled A, B and C in order of migration toward the anode in 1.8-2.0% polyacrylamide-0.5% agarose gels in 0.05 M Tris, 0.02 M Na-acetate, 0.002 M EDTA, 0.018 M NaCl (pH 8.0) and electrophoresed at 2.5 to 3.3 V/cm for 12 h at room temperature (Fig. 7). Gel slices including the A and B components contained some highly twisted, apparently circular forms. The C component contained only linear forms of various lengths.

Protein: No information.

Relations with Cells and Tissues

Virus particles occur in the cytoplasm in association with electron-dense inclusion bodies of irregular shape, varying in size up to about 10 µm and enlarging with increasing age of infection. The most elementary forms of the inclusion in Saponaria vaccaria leaves are small electron-dense areas that apparently fuse to form larger dense matrices with associated ribosomes and virus particles (Fig. 8). The fully formed inclusion bodies have a defined margin (Fig. 9). Inclusions occur in palisade and mesophyll cells and can be readily observed in epidermal cells stained with 1% phloxine B, or when extracted and concentrated (Fig. 10). Inclusions are abundant in the inoculated leaves of S. vaccaria but are more difficult to detect in D. caryophyllus. The dense staining matrix material in the inclusion body is mostly protein and can be digested with protease before the virus particles are affected (Hearon & Lawson, 1975). Virus particles are present in the nuclei of Dianthus barbatus (Rubio-Huertos et al., 1972) and S. vaccaria (Lawson & Hearon, 1974) (Fig. 11), but not D. caryophyllus. Some nuclei in infected S. vaccaria contain virus particles and membranes (Fig. 11). Virus particles are present in modified plasmodesmata (Lawson & Hearon, 1974) and are associated with enlarged channels and wall thickenings similar to those found in plants infected with dahlia mosaic (Kitajima & Lauritis, 1969), cauliflower mosaic (Conti et al., 1972) and mirabilis mosaic viruses (Brunt & Kitajima, 1973).


The virus was eliminated from D. caryophyllus by meristem tip culture and by a combination of heat treatment and meristem tip culture (Paludan, 1970).

S. vaccaria is also susceptible to carnation mottle, carnation ringspot, and carnation vein mottle viruses, an uncharacterized 29 nm isometric virus (Hakkaart, 1974) and tobacco mosaic virus. The severe symptoms caused by carnation mottle virus may mask the milder symptoms caused by other carnation viruses. Carnation streak virus (Poupet et al., 1975) also infects S. vaccaria. This virus may be the same as carnation necrotic fleck virus (Inouye & Mitsuhata, 1973) and carnation yellow fleck virus (Smookler & Loebenstein, 1974).


References list for DPV: Carnation etched ring virus (182)

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