J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1989, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (7): -.

• Research Articles •    

Ultrastructural Studies of Barley Mesophyll Cella lnfected with Barley Yellow Mosaic Viruses

Lin Ya-kang and Yu Zhi-long   

Abstract: lexuous filamentous, rod-shaped particles, and laminated, pinwheel inclusions were observed in the mesophyll cells of the barley plants naturally infected with barley yellow mosaic viruses. These virus particles had a length of 480–920 nm and a width of 10–20 nm. In addition, bundles of filamentous structures which consisted of many particles with more 2000 nm in length were found in the leaves of the infected barley plants. The ultrastructural alterations of the infected mesophyll cells were rather conspicuous. The cytoplasmic matrix was lost seriously, and the chloroplast membrane system was destroyed. The cristae and matrix of the mitochondrium were decreased and some of them became vacuoles. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) expanded teristic membranous network structures occurred in the cytoplasm of infected cells. The virus particles were often associated at one end with ER and with the membranes of network structures. The nucleus, membrane and wall of ceils also had somewhat variation.

Key words: Barley, Barley Yellow Mosaic Virus (BaYMV), Inclusions, Organelle, Ultrastructure

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