Maize mosaic virus (MMW), a rhabdovirus, was identified associated to maize field plants, showing stunting and continuous chlorotic stripes uniformely distributed over the leaf blade.The virus was detected in field samples by agar-gel immunodifussion. Enveloped, bacilliform virus particles were observed by electron microscopy in thin sections of naturally infected leaf tissue.
Keywords: maize mosaic virus, rhabdovirus, electron microscopy, serology