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Zoothamnium mariella sp. nov., a marine, colonial ciliate with an atypcial growth pattern, and its ectosymbiont Candidatus Fusimicrobium zoothamnicola gen. nov., sp. nov

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Kendlbacher et al. (2024). PLOS ONE 19 (4)
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Ca. Fusimicrobium zoothamnicola
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Ciliates are unicellular eukaryotes, regularly involved in symbiotic associations. Symbionts may colonize the inside of their cells as well as their surface as ectosymbionts. Here, we report on a new ciliate species, designated as Zoothamnium mariella sp. nov. (Peritrichia, Sessilida), discovered in the northern Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea) in 2021. We found this ciliate species to be monospecifically associated with a new genus of ectosymbiotic bacteria, here proposed as Candidatus Fusimicr

Experimental evidence of <scp>d</scp>‐glutamate racemase activity in the uncultivated bacterium Candidatus Saccharimonas aalborgensis

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Peñalver et al. (2024). Environmental Microbiology 26 (4)
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Ca. Saccharimonas aalborgenesis Saccharimonas aalborgensis Ts
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AbstractThe Candidate Phyla Radiation (CPR) encompasses widespread uncultivated bacteria with reduced genomes and limited metabolic capacities. Most CPR bacteria lack the minimal set of enzymes required for peptidoglycan (PG) synthesis, leaving it unclear how these bacteria produce this essential envelope component. In this study, we analysed the distribution of d‐amino acid racemases that produce the universal PG components d‐glutamate (d‐Glu) or d‐alanine (d‐Ala). We also examined moonlighting

Identification and Distribution of the ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’-Asian Citrus Psyllid Pathosystem in Saudi Arabia

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Ibrahim et al. (2024). Plant Disease 108 (4)
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Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus
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Citrus greening disease was first reported in Saudi Arabia during the 1970s when characteristic foliar and fruit symptoms were observed in commercial citrus groves. However, ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ (CLas) was not detected in symptomatic trees until 1981 to 1984 when CLas-like cells were observed by transmission electron microscopy in leaves collected from symptomatic citrus groves in southwestern Saudi Arabia. Despite the anticipated establishment of the CLas-Asian citrus psyllid (A

Specifically targeting antimicrobial peptides for inhibition of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus

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Mallawarachchi et al. (2024). Journal of Applied Microbiology 135 (4)
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Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus
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Abstract Aims Huanglongbing (citrus greening) is a plant disease putatively caused by the unculturable Gram-negative bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas), and it has caused severe damage to citrus plantations worldwide. There are no definitive treatments for this disease, and conventional disease control techniques have shown limited efficacy. This work presents an in silico evaluation of using specifically targeting anti-microbia

Trunk Injection of Citrus Trees with a Polymeric Nanobactericide Reduces Huanglongbing Severity Caused by Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus

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Guerrero-Santos et al. (2024). The Plant Pathology Journal 40 (2)
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Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus
Abstract
Huanglongbing (HLB) is a disease caused by the phloem- limited Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) that affects the citrus industry worldwide. To date, only indirect strategies have been implemented to eradicate HLB. Included among these is the population control of the psyllid vector (Diaphorina citri), which usually provides inconsistent results. Even though strategies for direct CLas suppression seem a priori more promising, only a handful of reports have been focused on a confrontation