Virescence of tenweeks stock associated to phytoplasma infection in Sicily

Salvatore Davino, Matilde Tessitori, Salvatore Davino, Mario Davino, Alberto Calari, Mario Davino, Maria Grazia Bellardi, Assunta Bertaccini

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In April 2007, a severe disease occurred in Sicily (Italy) in a glasshouse cultivation of tenweeks stock belonging to the cultivar White-Beach. Plants were stunted and rosetted, and the flowers were of small size and characterized by virescence symptoms.Phytoplasma presence and identity was detected by applying PCR/RFLP techniques and sequencing of 16S ribosomal gene. Phytoplasmas were identified as belonging to ribosomal subgroup 16SrII-A, never reported before in Italy and showed 99% of homology with ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia’ and related phytoplasmas. This is the first report of a phytoplasma disease oftenweeks stock. Considering that this Brassicaceae ornamental species is widely grown in Italy, it could play an important role in spreading these phytoplasmas, new for Italy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)279-280
Numero di pagine2
RivistaBulletin of Insectology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2007

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