Gerberich, Kayla Michele


Assessment of the Effect of Thermotherapy on ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ Viability in Woody Tissue of Citrus via Graft-Based Assays and RNA Assays

Thapa et al. (2021). Phytopathology® 111 (5)
Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus
In 2019, citrus production in Florida declined by more than 70%, mostly because of Huanglongbing (HLB), which is caused by the bacterium ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ (CLas). Thermotherapy for HLB-affected trees was proposed as a short-term management solution to maintain field productivity. It was hypothesized that thermotherapy could eliminate HLB from affected branches; therefore, the study objectives were to show which time–temperature combinations eliminated CLas from woody tissues.