Submitted to: International Congress of Entomology
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2016
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, is an important pest because it transmits a bacterium ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ (CLas) responsible for a serious disease of citrus known as Asiatic huanglongbing (citrus greening disease). USDA-ARS researchers recently established a program for screening citrus germplasm for resistance to CLas, with inoculation by CLas-infected ACP being the first step of the program. This presentation will review the inoculation program, methods used to establish and maintain colonies of CLas-infected ACP, and factors that affect the success of inoculations including comparisons of isofemale lines from a variety of locations throughout Florida with respect to their ability to acquire and transmit CLas.