Project Number: 2034-22000-013-12-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jan 1, 2018
End Date: Sep 30, 2020
The objective is to improve reliable diagnosis of "Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus", presumptive bacterial causal agent of huanglongbing (HLB) (aka greening) and to more readily distinguish between HLB and Spiroplasma citri, the bacterial causal agent of citrus stubborn disease.
Deep sequencing using MiSeq PacBio platform to obtain additional full-length seqeunces of "Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus" and Spiroplasma citri; conduct bioinformatic analysis, design new primers and probe (Taqman) with appropriate software and develop a new isothermal amplification assay using loop-mediated (LAMP) or Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA) along with real time quantitative PCR, droplet digital PCR, high throughput robotic DNA extraction and purification of nucleic acids.