Tiwarekar, Bhavesh


'Candidatus Phytoplasma sacchari’, a novel taxon - associated with Sugarcane Grassy Shoot (SCGS) disease

Kirdat et al. (2021). International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 71 (1)
Ca. Phytoplasma cynodontis Ca. Phytoplasma sacchari
Sugarcane Grassy Shoot (SCGS) disease is known to be related to Rice Yellow Dwarf (RYD) phytoplasmas (16SrXI-B group) which are found predominantly in sugarcane growing areas of the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia. The 16S rRNA gene sequences of SCGS phytoplasma strains belonging to the 16SrXI-B group share 98.07 % similarity with ‘Ca. Phytoplasma cynodontis’ strain BGWL-C1 followed by 97.65 % similarity with ‘Ca. P. oryzae’ strain RYD-J. Being placed distinctly away from both the phylog