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Title: Liberibacter-associated disease occurrence in Central America

item BEXTINE, BLAKE - University Of Texas
item POWELL, CHRIS - University Of Texas
item AGUILAR, ESTELA - Zamorano, Panamerican School Of Agriculture
item SENGODA, VENKATESAN - Texas A&M Agrilife
item Swisher Grimm, Kylie
item McCue, Kent
item Munyaneza, Joseph - Joe

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/31/2014
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

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.