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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Host-Specific Molecular Genetic Tools for Development of Disease-Resistant Crops

Location: Crop Improvement and Genetics Research

Title: Liberibacter-associated disease occurrence in Central America

Authors
item Bextine, Blake -
item Powell, Chris -
item Aguilar, Estela -
item Sengoda, Venkatesan -
item Swisher, Kylie
item McCue, Kent
item Munyaneza, Joseph

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: January 31, 2014
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum severely damages a wide variety of solanaceous crops including, but not limited to potato, tomato, pepper, eggplant and tobacco. This pathogen is transmitted by the potato psyllid, Bactericera (=Paratrioza) cockerelli. While expansion of the distribution of this bacterium and its vector has been well documented in the U.S. and Mexico, little is known about its distribution in Central America. Therefore, over the last year we systematically identified and confirmed Liberibacter-associated diseases and the presence of B. cockerelli in multiple crops in a number of Central American countries, using modern molecular techniques.

Last Modified: 12/19/2014
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