Diversity of “ Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus,” Based on the omp Gene Sequence

Bastianel et al. (2005). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 71 (11)
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Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Biotechnology Ecology Food Science
ABSTRACT Huanglongbing (yellow dragon disease) is a destructive disease of citrus. The etiological agent is a noncultured, phloem-restricted alpha-proteobacterium, “ Candidatus Liberibacter africanus” in Africa and “ Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus” in Asia. In this study, we used an omp -based PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) approach to analyze the genetic variability of “ Ca . Liberibacter asiaticus” isolates. By using five different enzymes, each the 10 isolates tested could be associated with a specific combination of restriction profiles. The results indicate that the species “ Ca . Liberibacter asiaticus,” even within a given region, may comprise several different variants. Thus, omp -based PCR-RFLP analysis is a simple method for detecting and differentiating “ Ca . Liberibacter asiaticus” isolates.
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