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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Phytoplasmas Causing Diseases of Tropical and Subtropical Plants in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Region

Location: Molecular Plant Pathology

Project Number: 8042-22000-282-11
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 15, 2011
End Date: Aug 30, 2014

Objective:
To determine the identities of phytoplasma pathogens causing diseases of plants in Puerto Rico and to develop technologies for sensitive and accurate detection and classification of the phytoplasmas.

Approach:
We will identify, characterize, and classify, according to 16S rDNA RFLP group and ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma’ species, phytoplasma strains in diseased plants in Puerto Rico. This information will be used by both parties to jointly develop tools and technologies for rapid and accurate detection and identification of these phytoplasmas. The Cooperator will investigate the occurrence, spread, prevalence, and severity of phytoplasmal diseases of plants in Puerto Rico.

Last Modified: 12/18/2014
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