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Plant biodiversity under threat from general viruses

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Introduced generalist plant viruses from other hosts that encounter native plant species for the first time pose a greater threat to plant biodiversity in south-west Australia than introduced specialist viruses, a recent study found.

The researchers compared impacts of six introduced generalist, seven introduced specialist and four Australian indigenous viruses on the appearance and growth of native plant species in eight families from the South West Australian Floristic region (SWAFR).

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