Identification and molecular characterization of the phytoplasma associated with peach rosette-like disease at the Canadian Clonal Genebank based on the 16S rRNA gene analysis
Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology
Peach trees exhibiting peach rosette-like disease symptoms and infected by a phytoplasma of group 16SrI ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris’ at the Canadian Clonal Genebank were further tested for the pathogen characterization based on the 16S rRNA gene. Nested PCR with phytoplasma universal primers R16mF2/R1 and R16F2n/R2 resulted in amplification of products of approximately 1.25 kb from all four symptomatic trees tested. Virtual RFLP of the R16F2n/R2 sequenced amplicons with selected restriction endonucleases showed unique RFLP patterns when compared to the described 16SrI phytoplasma subgroups; these data were confirmed by phylogenetic analyses. The phytoplasma was therefore assigned as a member of a new 16SrI subgroup (16SrI-W). Results represent the first report of a new phytoplasma 16SrI subgroup infecting peach in Canada, and provide a valuable tool for further epidemiological studies on this phytoplasma in peach.
Arocha-Rosete, Yaima; Zunnoon-Khan, Sara; Krukovets, Iryna; Crosby, William L.; Scott, James; Bertaccini, Assunta; and Michelutti, Roberto, "Identification and molecular characterization of the phytoplasma associated with peach rosette-like disease at the Canadian Clonal Genebank based on the 16S rRNA gene analysis" (2011). Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 33, 2, 127-134.