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Cryotherapy: a new technique to obtain grapevine plants free of viruses/Crioterapia: uma nova tecnica para obtencao de plantas de videira livres de viroses.


In Brazil, grapevine occupies an area of 81.286 hectares, and 71.15 % of this area is in the temperate zone in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Parana States (SIDRA, 2013). Although there is a favorable commercial scenario, area planted with grapevine and the harvest in the south of Brazil have been declining, it is observed that new vineyards face low productivity and poor quality of grapes due to several complex issues. In relation to plant health, one of the most important obstacles is the infection of vines with viruses, resulting in vine decline and death (BETTONI et al., 2015; GARRIDO et al., 2004).

Viruses have become a barrier to productive development of a profitable viticulture. Infected plants show growth reduction, low productivity and poor quality of grapes which can decline and die in few years (WANG et al., 2003a; FAJARDO et al., 2007). A worrying factor is that the viruses are disseminated by the use of infected propagating material contributing to the spread of virus in new areas. According to Shatnawi et al. (2011), some species show symptoms such as leaf yellowing, bright yellow stripes near to the nerves and nerve bifurcation. In contrast, some American and hybrid cultivars do not show typical virus infection symptoms, remaining latent, making the diagnosis difficult and misleading, so further facilitating virus dissemination.

The acquisition of plant material with origin and guarantee of high-health status is important for the success in vineyard establishment and management. In practice, it is often difficult to maintain such standards, and high-health planting material is not available in the market. Therefore, it is necessary to identify and implement functional and robust methods in order to eliminate microorganisms, using efficient protocols, able to generate high-health materials for promoting efficient vineyard practices (PATHIRANA et al., 2012; 2013). It is necessary to follow this with stringent regulatory measures for clonal grapevine nurseries, in relation to maintenance, propagation and commercialization of plant materials. Considering the limitation of traditional methods in obtaining mother plants free of viruses, the development of new and more efficient technologies is important, with practical and efficient protocols, to produce healthy plants (WANG et al., 2009). In vitro techniques can have a positive impact in overcoming the problems associated with production of high-health nursery material in order to optimize, stabilize and maximize the grape industry.

Cryotherapy is a biotechnological method used to eliminate pathogens from infected clonal plant materials and it is based on cryopreservation using vitrification techniques, in which the biological material is exposed to liquid nitrogen (LN) at--196 [degrees]C for a period. Under these conditions, infected vacuolated and differentiated cells are eliminated by the ultra-low temperature effect, leaving only highly cytoplasmic meristematic cells. Cryotherapy has been used successfully in eradicating virus infection from several species with economic importance as plum, banana, strawberry, potato and garlic, besides grapevine (WANG and VALKONEN, 2009a; VIEIRA et al., 2015). High efficiency of cryotherapy in several species, combined with the low operational costs and rapid recovery of plant material without virus infection at a high frequency, have made this method a promising tool for institutions aiming at the recuperation of crops with agronomic potential. Being a new method, there are still few studies in using cryotherapy in comparison with the traditional methods in eliminating viruses, and results on agronomic evaluation of plants that were subjected to cryotherapy are still not available in literature. Despite the benefits and positive results of cryotherapy technique, challenges still remain due to variable response of genotypes within and between species, restricting the applicability of cryotherapy (WANG et al., 2014; FENG et al., 2013). Hence, the next stage of progress in this field will see the development of robust protocols applicable across genotypes, in each studied species, in order to maximize the generation of plants without viral particles. Further evaluation of genetic stability and agronomic behavior of treated plant material is another aspect that will be addressed in cryotherapy research in the coming years.

Therefore, the objective of this review is to present results from research performed with cryotherapy methods based on protocols of cryopreservation, in order to recover in vitro grapevine plants without viruses.


Traditional methods used to obtain plant material without pathogens include meristem culture and heat therapy followed by meristem culture (DIAS-BARRITA et al., 2007; MALIOGKA et al., 2009).

There are successful scientific reports of techniques in several species; however, in functional terms, methodological difficulties have hampered the extensive use of these biotechnological tools (WANG et al., 2014). In meristem culture, which has been used for decades, the elimination capacity of viral particles is associated with the dimension of the excised tissue. For majority of species, the recommended size is extremely small, from 0.1 to 0.3 mm (TORRES et al., 1998). Besides the mechanical problems with meristem removal, the low regeneration capacity and, mainly, the failure to guarantee the removal of viral particles are the bottlenecks (FACCIOLI and MARANI, 1998; DIASBARRITA et al., 2007). Heat therapy application with meristem culture is an expensive process, demanding proper equipment; the treatment period is dependent on the type of virus and not all viruses are eliminated by the technique and many host plants are heat sensitive (BHOJWANI and DANTU, 2013).

Other methods are noted as alternative ones for the elimination of viruses, among them are somatic embryogenesis and chemotherapy. Somatic embryogenesis, besides a time-consuming method, is difficult to be executed and, at the end, it can cause somaclonal variation in regenerated plants. However, there are reports of successful elimination of grapevine viruses using somatic embryogenesis. Gambino et al. (2009) related the efficiency of somatic embryogenesis for eradicating the virus responsible for grapevine degeneration (Grapevine Fan LeafVirus) for three Vitis vinifera cultivars (Cari, Provine and Roussan). Chemotherapy protocols were applied successfully to remove the virus responsible for grapevine leaf-roll disease (GLRaV-1 and 3) (PANATTONI et al., 2011), but there are also reports demonstrating high phyto-toxicity induced by antiviral compounds. Moreover, variable responses have been observed among different cultivars and there is no research proving that antiviral compounds do not induce mutagenic alteration. In general, all the above mentioned techniques have their disadvantages and each needs to be optimized (SKIADA et al., 2013).


Cryotherapy is a relatively new method used to eliminate pathogens from infected plant tissue based on cryopreservation techniques. In this method, the biological material is exposed to LN at--196[degrees]C for a short period, normally 1 hour, (FENG et al., 2013) and under those conditions, infected cells in the vascular region and vacuolated, more differentiated cells of the apical dome are eliminated by the ultralow temperature due to ice crystallisation, leaving only highly cytoplasmic cells in the meristematic region (WANG and VALKONEN, 2008b). Thus, the technique is based on the physico-anatomical differences among tissues, because meristematic cells are small, with smaller vacuoles and greater nuclear-cytoplasm ratio than cells which are further from the meristematic region (Figure 1) (WANG et al., 2009; WANG and VALKONEN, 2009a). Since meristematic cells are smaller and proliferating fast, away from the vasculature, it is suggested that virus may not reach that region (WANG and VALKONEN, 2009a). Cryotherapy has been used successfully in eradicating virus infections in several species with economic importance such as Prunus (BRISON et al., 1997), Musa spp. (HELLIOT et al., 2002), Vitis vinifera (WANG et al., 2003a; BAYATI et al., 2011; PATHIRANA et al., 2015), Fragaria ananassa (CAI et al., 2008), Solanum tuberosum (WANG et al., 2006; BAI et al., 2010; 2012; YI et al. 2014), Rubus idaeus (WANG and VALKONEN 2009b; WANG et al., 2008), Ipomea batatas (WANG and VALKONEN, 2008a), Dioscorea opposite (HEE et al., 2013) and Allium sativum (VIEIRA et al., 2015) (Table 1).

Considering the results from about a decade of research, cryotherapy can be considered as a fast developing method that helps and/or replaces traditional methods in eradicating microorganisms from infected plant tissue (WANG and WALKONEN, 2009). There are a number of advantages in cryotherapy technique in relation to traditional methods for pathogen eradication (WANG et al., 2003a); ability to treat a large number of samples quickly and simultaneously (BHOJWANI and DANTU, 2013); low cost and high frequency of plants free from viruses after recovery (FENG et al., 2013; WANG et al., 2006; WANG et al., 2003a). After the protocol establishment for the genotype in question, the technique is easy and does not require special equipment, only basic equipment available in a tissue culture laboratory (WANG et al., 2009).

The greatest challenge to the wider application of cryotherapy technique is the differentiated response that genotypes of the same species can show under cryo-treatment, which still limits the applicability of cryotherapy (WANG et al., 2014; FENG et al., 2011; 2013; WANG and WALKONEN, 2009). Several protocols with different cryotherapy methods have been reported and results differ between laboratories, with varying levels of survival and regeneration (BENELLI et al., 2013; GRIBAUDO et al., 2012; BENSON, 2008; WANG et al., 2003a; MATSUMOTO and SAKAI, 2003).

Intracellular water content is a critical factor for the efficiency of cryotherapy protocols. It is important to achieve proper dehydration of plant material, reducing harmful damage to tissues (ENGELMANN, 2004). Wang et al. (2000), working with Vitis sp., reached higher indexes of survival when tissue water content was near 16% at the time of cryopreservation; in contrast, higher or lower water content in the tissue decreased the survival. Excessive dehydration causes negative effects on survival rate and, likewise, water in excess in the tissue causes irreversible damage because water crystallization inside the cell causes rupture of cell membrane system, cell collapse and death (VIEIRA et al., 2015; WANG et al., 2009). So, before the exposure of plant tissue to LN, part of the intracellular water is removed by the addition of plant vitrification solution 2 (PVS2) (SAKAI et al., 1990; MATSUMOTO and SAKAI, 2003; GRIBAUDO et al., 2012), or they are physically dehydrated using silica gel or by exposing to the air flow of the laminar hood (WANG et al., 2000).

There are still fewer studies on the use of cryotherapy in comparison with the traditional methods for eliminating viruses, and results on agronomic evaluation of plants that have undergone cryotherapy are yet to be published (WANG et al., 2014). Several different techniques have been applied for cryotherapy of Vitis spp. These include vitrification (MARKOVIC et al., 2013; GANINO et al., 2012; MATSUMOTO and SAKAI, 2003; WANG et al., 2003a), encapsulation-dehydration (MARKOVIC et al., 2013; BAYATI et al., 2011; WANG et al., 2003a; WANG et al., 2000), encapsulation-vitrification (GRIBAUDO et al., 2012) and droplet vitrification (PATHIRANA et al. 2015).


Vitrification protocols are based on dehydrating material in cryoprotective glycerol based solutions such as PVS2 and PVS3 (SAKAI and ENGELMANN, 2007). Once sufficiently dehydrated, the sparsely distributed water molecules in plant tissues are unable to come together to form ice crystals during rapid freezing. Therefore they undergo a transition from liquid to a vitreous state, when the material is exposed to LN (FAHY et al., 1984). This phenomenon, known as vitrification, is facilitated by ultra-fast cooling rates achieved by direct dipping of plant material in LN. PVS2, the most efficient vitrification solution developed so far, is composed of 30% (w/v) glycerol, 15% (w/v) ethylene glycol, 15% (w/v) dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) in Murashige and Skoog (1962) medium (MS) with 0.4 M sucrose (MATSUMOTO and SAKAI, 2003; WANG et al., 2003a). PVS3, which has been successfully used in a limited number of species such as asparagus is composed of 50% (w/v) glycerol and 50% (w/v) sucrose in water (NISHIZAWA et al., 1993). When comparing the effect of PVS2 and PVS3 on Vitis vinifera dehydration, Markovic et al. (2013) observed that, 40 minutes exposure followed by LN treatment for one hour resulted in no plant recovery using PVS3, whereas 40% of survival was achieved with PVS2 dehydration. Vitrification protocols involve the following stages: excision of meristematic tissue (apical or axillary buds) from in vitro propagated material; pre-culture in sucrose-enriched media (0.3 M, or increasingly higher sucrose concentrations up to 1 M); osmoprotection in liquid culture medium enriched with glycerol and sucrose; dehydration with vitrification solution (PVS2 or PVS3); instant freezing in LN at--196[degrees]C; recovery on to warm (in a water bath heated to 38-40[degrees]C) recovery solution (liquid culture medium enriched with sucrose) followed by transfer to high sucrose solid media; and regeneration on culture medium (MATSUMOTO and SAKAI, 2003; MIAJA et al., 2004; SAKAI and ANGELMANN, 2007).

Variations in vitrification protocols for Vitis sp. comprise of sucrose concentrations used in osmoprotection and rinsing stages, exposure time to cryo-protectants and regeneration medium (MARKOVIC et al., 2014; GANINO et al., 2012; WANG et al., 2003a; MATSUMOTO and SAKAI, 2003; NISHIZAWA et al., 1992). In any vitrification method, procedures such as pre-culture, osmoprotection, exposure time to cryo-protectants and careful handling during and after LN treatment are essential for survival and regeneration of the tissues containing meristematic cells (SAKAI and ENGELMANN, 2007).

Using V. vinifera cv. Cabernet Sauvignon, Matsumoto and Sakai (2003) observed that preculture of shoot tips in 0.3 M sucrose concentration for 3 days was optimal, with 65.5% recovery after freezing. On the other hand, Wang et al. (2003a) working with another cultivar from the same species, reached 50% of regeneration after cryopreservation when shoot tips were pre-cultured with 0.75 M sucrose. Different responses from genotypes for cryotherapy techniques make it difficult to develop generalized protocols for Vitis, so demanding adjustments to protocols for different cultivars (WANG et al., 2014).

Optimising the time of exposure of explants to cryoprotective solutions is needed in order to establish vitrification protocols. Excessive exposure can cause injuries by chemical toxicity and death of meristem cells (SAKAI and ENGELMANN, 2007; SAKAI, 1995). In Kober 5BB rootstock (Vitis berlandieri x Vitis riparia), GANINO et al. (2012) observed the effect of PVS2 toxicity in grapevine shoot tips: without both cryoprotective treatment and freezing, 94% of the plants regenerated; after 30 minutes of exposure, 57% of the plants regenerated; after 60 minutes, the regeneration dropped to 14%; and after 90 minutes there was no regeneration even without subjecting tissues to freezing. Likewise, MARKOVIC et al. (2013) noted a decrease in survival and regeneration of grapevines with the increase of dehydration period by PVS2: survival decreased from 70% in 25 minutes treatment to 30% after 75 minutes of treatment. For Vitis, the best results in dehydration using PVS2 have been achieved when the process was performed in two stages, with initial exposure of explant material for 30 minutes to 'A PVS2 (15% glycerol, 7.5 % ethylene glycol, 7.5 % DMSO and 0.4 M of sucrose) followed by a treatment for 50 minutes in PVS2. Wang et al. (2003a), Matsumoto and Sakai (2003), using dehydration by PVS2 in two stages reached 50% and 82.5% of Vitis regenerated plants, respectively. Exposure time to PVS2 varies among species; in general, tissues smaller than 0.5 mm are more sensitive to treatment with PVS2, but those tissues exceeding 3 mm require greater dehydration time (SAKAI and ENGELMANN, 2007).

After dehydration, plant material is placed in cryo-tubes with cryo-protectors and subjected to NL freezing for 1 hour; after, it is thawed in recovery solution at 40[degrees]C for 3 minutes by keeping inside a pre-heated water bath (WANG et al., 2003a). Rinsing and caution in handling plant material after defrosting are essential to cryotherapy success (SAKAI and ENGELMANN, 2007).

Success in vitrification method for eliminating viruses from grapevine was demonstrated by Wang et al. (2003a) who noted 97% of regenerated plants without GVA (Grapevinevirus A) against only 12% after meristem culture. Recently, Pathirana et al. (2015) demonstrated the removal of three Closteroviridae viruses causing leafroll disease in grapevine, using vitrification-based cryotherapy of apical and axillary buds of infected clones.


Cryotherapy by the method of encapsulation-dehydration is based on techniques proposed for synthetic seed production (BENELLI et al., 2013). The protocol involves the following stages: excision of in vitro propagating material; encapsulation; precultivation under cumulative sucrose concentrations; dehydration; freezing at--196[degrees]C; defrosting in water bath at 40[degrees]C; and culture on regeneration medium.

After excision of in vitro propagating material, the method consists in the formation of a artificial endosperm around the tissue composed by a gelling agent (3% sodium alginate) which cures when contacting calcium chloride solution and produces small pellets (BAYATI et al., 2011; GONZALEZ-BENITO et al., 2004). In sequence, they are pre-cultivated in solutions with increasing sucrose concentrations (0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0 M), during four days, a stage per day (MARKOVIC et al., 2013; BAYATI et al., 2011; WANG et al., 2000; WANG et al., 2003a). Pre-cultivation allows encapsulated propagating materials become resistant to dehydration and freezing; in turn, the gradual increase of sucrose concentration prevents harmful effects of the plant exposure to high sucrose concentrations (PLESSIS et al., 1991). Encapsulation protects the tissue from high sucrose concentrations, preventing injury in cell tissues (ENGELMANN, 2011), which could otherwise be harmful or fatal for non-encapsulated propagating material (MATSUMOTO and SAKAI, 2003).

After pre-cultivation, encapsulated tissue can be dehydrated under air flow in laminar air flow cabinet (WANG et al., 2003a) or in containers with silica-gel (MARKOVIC et al., 2013). Comparing both techniques on the survival of LN 33 grapevine hybrid (Courderc 1613 x Sultana), Wang et al. (2000) showed that results were not dependent on dehydration method but on dehydration time of each method and the original water content in the propagating material including the beads. The best survival rate achieved was around 60% when beads were dehydrated for 7 hours on air flow and 4.5 hours in silica-gel, with a final water content of about 16%. For Vitis vinifera, Portan cultivar, around 10% of the plants regenerated at a range of bead moisture contents, from 16.2% to 22.3% (MARKOVIC et al., 2013). After 12 hours of dehydration under air flow and NL freezing, 59% of encapsulated shoot tips of V vinifera, Black cultivar survived (BAYATI et al., 2011). For cv. Superior (V vinifera), dehydration periods of more than 6 hours decreased survival rate of encapsulated shoot tips (WANG et al., 2000). Results from aforementioned research indicate that the dehydration time of encapsulated tissue to reach proper water content is variable and cultivars from the same species show different survival and regeneration rates. Thus, in order to achieve higher survival rates from a specific cultivar it is important to investigate, initially, the sole effect of dehydration before attempting cryotherapy.

After dehydration, encapsulated tissue is transferred to sterile cryo-tubes for treatment in LN for 1 hour, and afterwards, they are thawed in recovery solution maintained on a water bath set at 40[degrees]C for 3 minutes and then transferred to regeneration culture medium (BAYATI et al., 2011; WANG et al., 2003a; WANG et al., 2000).

Successful attempts on encapsulationdehydration method to eradicate viruses from infected grapevine have been reported. Bayati et al. (2011) and Wang et al. (2003a) have registered frequencies of 42.2 and 97% of plants free from GVA, with 59 and 62% of survival after cryotherapy, respectively.


Encapsulation-vitrification protocols are based upon combinations of encapsulation-dehydration and vitrification procedures (BENELLI et al., 2013; ENGELMANN, 2011). For this method, shoot tips from in vitro cultures are excised and encapsulated in alginate beads as already described. The encapsulated beads are then pre-cultured in solutions with increasing sucrose concentrations, followed by osmoprotection in loading solution followed by dehydration with vitrification solution, freezing at--196[degrees]C, defrosting in water bath at 40[degrees]C, rinsing in recovery solution and culture in regeneration media. In literature, there are few studies relating the use of encapsulation-vitrification method to eradicate viruses in crops. Gribaudo et al. (2012) investigated the efficiency of this method in cv. Nebbiolo cultivar (V vinifera) infected with GVA and GLRaV-3 and, after cryotherapy, the healthy vegetative material was regenerated.

The convenience of vitrification technique allows that shoot tip explants could be subjected to cryotherapy for a short time; however, it requires extra care during handling when compared with encapsulation-dehydration method, in which the procedures are done with encapsulated shoot apices. On the other hand, the encapsulation-dehydration method demands more time to prepare material for freezing, especially in dehydration phase. So, encapsulation-vitrification method benefits from both encapsulation-dehydration and vitrification advantages (SAKAI and ENGELMANN, 2007).


The droplet vitrification method was first applied by Schafermenuhr et al. (1994) for cryopreserving potato meristems. It combines the application of highly concentrated vitrification solutions with ultra-fast freezing and thawing rates, which are critical for its successful results (PANIS et al. 2005).

This method involves the treatment of samples with cryoprotectants, which mainly includes exposure to the loading solution, followed by dehydrating in PVS2 vitrifying solution. The samples are then placed on an aluminum foil strip mounted with a droplet of vitrifying solution and immersed in LN for rapid cooling. During rewarming, the removal of cryoprotectant is achieved using unloading solution, and then transferred to recovery and regeneration media (BENELLI et al. 2013). It is vital that the samples are sufficiently dehydrated by the vitrification solution in order to vitrify while rapid cooling in LN. Thus the key for successful droplet vitrification is to quantify and optimize the dehydration tolerance of samples in vitrifying solution. Tolerance to vitrification solution is achieved by optimizing the preconditioning and loading treatments along with the standardization of concentration, time of exposure and temperature of the vitrification solution. Similar to other methods, the warming and recovery steps are also crucial for its success (GONZALEZ-ARNAO et al. 2014; SAKAI and ENGELMANN 2007). Droplet vitrification achieves fastest rates of cooling thanks to the high thermal conductivity of aluminum, and researchers believe that this method will become a generic method applicable to many species in future (PANIS et al., 2009; 2011).

Droplet vitrification method has been successfully applied to removing three Closteroviridae viruses from infected grapevine clones (PATHIRANA et al. 2015). They used 'Chardonnay' and 'Lakemont Seedless' infected with Grapevine leafroll associated virus-3 (GLRaV-3, an Ampelovirus), 'Pinot gris' and 'Sauvignon Blanc 316' infected with Grapevine leafroll associated virus-2 (a Closterovirus), and another clone of 'Sauvignon Blanc' infected with both Grapevine leafroll associated virus-1 (an Ampelovirus) and GLRaV-3. Plants regenerated after cryo-treatment tested negative for all three viruses, whereas untreated control plants tested positive.


Regardless of the cryotherapy method or protocol, it is important that conditions after cryotherapy be favorable for survival and regeneration of the cryopreserved material. Optimising the concentration of growth regulators (WANG et al., 2000) or composition of culture media (PENNYCOOKE and TOWILL, 2001) is essential for good regeneration of cryo-preserved buds. Growth regulators play important roles in regeneration medium (WANG et al., 2003b) and they can meet specific requirements in the recovery of cryo-preserved materials (BHOJWANI and RAZDAN, 1996). Markovic et al. (2014) highlighted that growth regulators such as trans-zeatin riboside (ZR) and benzyl amino purine (BAP) act in the same way in recovering grapevine cryo-preserved shoot tips and, even in small concentrations, they are essential to regenerate explant materials. The effects of culture medium supplemented with different concentrations of BAP and naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) on the development of cryo-preserved grape buds were evaluated by Wang et al. (2000). Fastest shoot elongation without any callus formation was obtained when cryopreserved shoot tips were cultured on the post-culture medium composed of half-strength MS medium supplemented with 1 mg/L BA and 0.1 mg/L NAA. However, a further increase in BAP or NAA concentration, when used in combination, resulted in callus formation. This is undesirable for cryotherapy because it can cause somaclonal variation (WANG et al., 2003b). Optimum concentration of growth regulators in regeneration medium for cryo-preserved materials has varied among cryogenic methods (WANG et al., 2003b) and among cultivars (WANG et al., 2000). Therefore, investigative research needs to be performed on selected genotypes in each species, in combination with vitrification, encapsulation-dehydration, encapsulation-vitrification and droplet vitrification methods, in order to establish efficient protocols which can result in high survival rates with high frequency of viruses eradication.



Improvements to cryotherapy protocols applied for grapevine are still needed. Most of the published investigations are related to Vitis vinifera and studies applied to cultivars from other genetic backgrounds have shown that the same protocols are not suitable. For now, that specificity with different responses among cultivars, beyond the species, limits the wide applicability of cryotherapy. Conversely, traditional methods used to eliminate viruses also have limitations and, with the development and investment in research on cryo-preservation techniques, those barriers could be overcome. Some features of cryotherapy make it very attractive for institutions aiming at the development of high-health nursery material with agronomic potential. These features include its applicability across many species of plants, low running cost and the development of plants free from virus quickly and at a high frequency.


To CAPES (Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior: a government agency linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Education in charge of promoting high standards for post-graduate courses in Brazil) for scholarship to the first author. RP wishes to thank The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited CORE funding: 1972--'Breeding Technology Development' for project CORE CRYOTHERAPY P/150444/15, for financial support.

To EPAGRI (Empresa de Pesquisa Agropecuaria e Extensao Rural de Santa Catarina) and FAPESC (Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Santa Catarina) for financial support.


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TABLE 1--Efficiency of cryotherapy methods for
eradication of viruses in plant species.

Pathogen                       Plant species        Cryotherapy

Plum pox virus                 Prunus               VI
Banana streak virus            Musa                 VI
Cucumber mosaic virus          Musa                 VI
Grapevine virus A              Vitis vinifera       EN-DE; VI
Potato virus Y                 Solanum tuberosum    EN-DE; VI; DR-VI
Potato leafroll virus          Solanum tuberosum    EN-DE; VI; DR-VI
Strawberry mild                Fragaria ananassa    VI
yellow-edge virus
Sweet potato feathery          Ipomoea batatas      EN-VI
mottle virus
Sweet potato chlorotic         Ipomoea batatas      EN-VI
stunt virus
Sweet potato little            Ipomoea batatas      EN-VI
leaf phytoplasma
Raspberry bushy                Rubus idaeus         EN-VI
dwarf virus *
Raspberry bushy dwarf virus    Rubus idaeus         EN-VI
Grapevine virus A              Vitis vinifera       EN-DE
Potato Virus X                 Solanum tuberosum    DR-VI
Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid    Solanum tuberosum    DR-VI
Yam mosaic virus               Dioscorea opposita   EN-DE
Potato leafroll virus          Solanum tuberosum    DR-VI; EN-VI
Potato virus Y                 Solanum tuberosum    DR-VI; EN-VI
Onion Yellow Dwarf Virus       Allium sativum L.    VI
Leek Yellow Strip Virus        Allium sativum L.    VI
Garlic Common Latent Virus     Allium sativum L.    VI
Grapevine associated virus 1   Vitis vinifera       DR-VI
Grapevine associated virus 2   Vitis vinifera       DR-VI
Grapevine associated virus 3   Vitis vinifera       DR-VI

Pathogen                       References

Plum pox virus                 Brison et al. (1997)
Banana streak virus            Helliot et al. (2002)
Cucumber mosaic virus          Helliot et al. (2002)
Grapevine virus A              Wang et al. (2003)
Potato virus Y                 Wang et al. (2006)
Potato leafroll virus          Wang et al. (2006)
Strawberry mild                Cai et al. (2008)
yellow-edge virus
Sweet potato feathery          Wang and Valkonen (2008a)
mottle virus
Sweet potato chlorotic         Wang and Valkonen (2008a)
stunt virus
Sweet potato little            Wang and Valkonen (2008a)
leaf phytoplasma
Raspberry bushy                Wang et al. (2008b)
dwarf virus *
Raspberry bushy dwarf virus    Wang and Valkonen (2009b)
Grapevine virus A              Bayati et al. (2011)
Potato Virus X                 Bai et al. (2010; 2012)
Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid    Bai et al. (2012)
Yam mosaic virus               Hee et al. (2013)
Potato leafroll virus          Yi et al. (2014)
Potato virus Y                 Yi et al. (2014)
Onion Yellow Dwarf Virus       Vieira et al (2015)
Leek Yellow Strip Virus        Vieira et al (2015)
Garlic Common Latent Virus     Vieira et al (2015)
Grapevine associated virus 1   Pathirana et al. 2013; 2015
Grapevine associated virus 2   Pathirana et al. 2013; 2015
Grapevine associated virus 3   Pathirana et al. 2013; 2015

VI: Vitrification; EN-DE: Encapsulation-Dehydration;
EN-VI: Encapsulation-Vitrification; DR-VI: Droplet-Vitrification.

* Thermotherapy followed by cryotherapy
by Encapsulation-Vitrification
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