The nucleotide sequence of infectious clones of a geminivirus from Costa Rica that infects Sida rhombifolia was determined. Sida golden mosaic virus (SiGMV-Co) has a bipartite genome (DNAs A and B). Computer analysis showed that the bipartite genome of SiGMV-Co resembles that of other whitefly-transmitted geminiviruses. The DNA A (2605 nt) and DNA B (2587 nt) components have little sequence homology other than within the common region (CR). Analysis of DNAs A and B showed that SiGMV-Co is closely related to bean dwarf mosaic virus (BDMV). SiGMV-Co was introduced via agroinoculation into seven plant species, including tomato and bean.


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