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Gyoung Hee Kim, Kwang-Hyung Kim, Kyeong In Son, Eu Ddeum Choi, Young Sun Lee, Jae Sung Jung, Young Jin Koh
A bacterial pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa), is a causal agent of kiwifruit bacterial canker worldwide. Psa biovar 3 (Psa3) was first detected in 2011 at an orchard in Dodeok-myeon, Goheunggun, Jeonnam Province in Korea. In this study, we present the results of an epidemiological study regarding Psa3 occurrence on kiwifruit orchards in Korea for the period of 2013 to 2015. Since the first detection of Psa3 in 2011, there was no further case reported by 2013. However, Psa3 was rapidly spreading to 33 orchards in 2014; except for three orchards in Sacheonsi, Gyeongnam Province, most cases were reported in Jeju Island...
December 2016: Plant Pathology Journal
Ki Seok Do, Bong Nam Chung, Jae Ho Joa
We developed a model, termed D-PSA-K, to estimate the accumulated potential damage on kiwifruit canes caused by bacterial canker during the growing and overwintering seasons. The model consisted of three parts including estimation of the amount of necrotic lesion in a non-frozen environment, the rate of necrosis increase in a freezing environment during the overwintering season, and the amount of necrotic lesion on kiwifruit canes caused by bacterial canker during the overwintering and growing seasons. We evaluated the model's accuracy by comparing the observed maximum disease incidence on kiwifruit canes against the damage estimated using weather and disease data collected at Wando during 1994-1997 and at Seogwipo during 2014-2015...
December 2016: Plant Pathology Journal
Yong Li, Sheng-Kun Wang, Han Xue, Ju-Pu Chang, Li-Min Guo, Xu-Qi Yang
Two gram-stain positive, aerobic, non-motile, bacterial strains were isolated from symptomatic bark tissue of Populus × euramericana canker. The isolates were able to grow between 10 and 37°C, pH 6 to 10 and 0-4% (w/v) NaCl, with optimal growth at 28-30°C, pH 7.0-8.0 and 2% (w/v) NaCl The strains were found to be oxidase positive and catalase negative. The menaquinone of the 26D10-3-4T was found to be MK-7 and the peptidoglycan type A3α based on L-Lys-Gly3-?Ala. The polar lipid profiles of 26D10-3-4T showed diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylglycerol, two unidentified phospholipids and three unidentified glycolipids; the major fatty acids found were anteiso-C15:0, iso-C15:0, iso-C17:0 and anteiso-C17:0...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Riccardo Baroncelli, Felice Scala, Mariarosaira Vergara, Michael R Thon, Michelina Ruocco
Diaporthe helianthi is a fungus pathogenic to sunflower. Virulent strains of this fungus cause stem canker with important yield losses and reduction of oil content. Here we present the first draft whole-genome sequence of the highly virulent isolate D. helianthi strain 7/96, thus providing a useful platform for future research on stem canker of sunflower and fungal genomics. The genome sequence of the D. helianthi isolate 7/96 was deposited at DDBJ/ENA/GenBank under the accession number MAVT00000000 (BioProject PRJNA327798)...
December 2016: Genomics Data
Yong Luo, Stephanie Gu, Dan Felts, Ryan D Puckett, Dave P Morgan, Themis J Michailides
AIMS: To develop real-time PCR assays for quantification of shoot infection levels of canker disease of stone fruits and nut crops caused by six fungal pathogen groups. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study focused on six major canker-causing fungal pathogen groups: Phomopsis spp., Botryosphaeria dothidea, Lasiodiplodia spp., Cytospora spp., Neofusicoccum spp., and Diplodia spp., occurring in stone fruits and nut crops in California. DNA primers were designed to specifically target each of the six pathogen groups after the specificity tests using canker-causing and non-canker-causing pathogens and by using DNA sequences of other species from GenBank using BLAST...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Juliana Artier, Flávia da Silva Zandonadi, Flávia Maria de Souza Carvalho, Bianca Alves Pauletti, Adriana Franco Paes Leme, Carolina Moretto Carnielli, Heloisa Sobreiro Selistre de Araujo, Maria Célia Bertolini, Jesus Aparecido Ferro, José Belasque Júnior, Julio Cezar Franco de Oliveira, Maria Teresa Marques Novo-Mansur
Citrus canker is a plant disease caused by gram-negative bacteria from the genus Xanthomonas, and the most virulent species is Xanthomonas citri subsp.citri (XAC), which attacks a wide range of citrus hosts. Differential proteomic analysis of periplasm-enriched fraction was performed for XAC cells grown in pathogenicity-inducing (XAM-M) and pathogenicity non-inducing (NB) media, using two-dimensional electrophoresis combined with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Among the 40 proteins identified, transglycosylase was detected in a highly abundant spot in XAC cells grown under inducing condition...
October 31, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
R M Beresford, J L Tyson, W R Henshall
A weather-based disease prediction model for bacterial canker of kiwifruit (known worldwide as Psa; Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae biovar 3) was developed using a new mechanistic scheme for bacterial disease forecasters, the multiplication and dispersal concept. Bacterial multiplication is estimated from a temperature function, the M index, accumulated from hourly air temperature over 3 days for hours when the leaf canopy is wet. Rainfall provides free water to move inoculum to infection sites, and the daily risk indicator, the R index, is the 3-day accumulation of the M index output on days with total rainfall >1 mm; otherwise, R is zero...
November 30, 2016: Phytopathology
Andrea Kunova, Cristina Pizzatti, Matteo Cerea, Andrea Gazzaniga, Paolo Cortesi
AIMS: This study aimed to develop a new formulation of Cryphonectria parasitica hypovirulent mycelium suitable for inoculations of tall trees from the ground. C. parasitica hypovirulent strains are widely used for biological control of chestnut blight. However, it is often inconsistent and ineffective not only for biological reasons, but also because the current manual application of hypovirulent strains on adult plants is difficult, time-consuming and expensive. Here, we propose an improved formulation and more effective mode of application of hypovirulent strains, which could boost chestnut blight biocontrol...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Bin-Yan Wu, Jian-Ren Ye, Lin Huang, Ling-Min He, De-Wei Li
Burkholderia pyrrocinia strain JK-SH007 isolated from poplar stems plays a highly significant role in the growth promotion and the biocontrol of poplar canker during colonization in poplar. In this research, the ideal reference gene was filtered and determined for the transcript normalization. Additionally, the expression of pyrG under all four conditions was relatively stable in B. pyrrocinia JK-SH007.
October 8, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Antonio Gómez-Cortecero, Robert J Saville, Reiny W A Scheper, Joanna K Bowen, Hugo Agripino De Medeiros, Jennifer Kingsnorth, Xiangming Xu, Richard J Harrison
Apple canker caused by the phytopathogenic fungus Neonectria ditissima is an economically important disease, which has spread in recent years to almost all pome-producing regions of the world. N. ditissima is able to cross-infect a wide range of apple varieties and causes branch and trunk lesions, known as cankers. Most modern apple varieties are susceptible and in extreme cases suffer from high mortality (up to 50%) in the early phase of orchard establishment. There is no known race structure of the pathogen and the global level of genetic diversity of the pathogen population is unknown...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Angelica Marsberg, Martin Kemler, Fahimeh Jami, Jan H Nagel, Alisa Postma-Smidt, Sanushka Naidoo, Michael J Wingfield, Pedro W Crous, Joseph Spatafora, Cedar N Hesse, Barbara Robbertse, Bernard Slippers
: Botryosphaeria dothidea is the type species of Botryosphaeria (Botryosphaeriaceae, Botryosphaeriales). Fungi residing in this order are amongst the most widespread and important canker and dieback pathogens of trees worldwide, with B. dothidea one of the most common species on a large number of hosts. Its taxonomic circumscription has undergone substantial change in the past decade, making it difficult to interpret the large volume of literature linked to the name B. dothidea. This pathogen profile synthesises the current understanding of B...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
Shih-Chieh Chang, Wen-Ling Deng, Hsiou-Chen Huang, Kuang-Ren Chung, Kuo-Ching Tzeng
Bacterial canker, caused by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc), is one of the most destructive diseases of citrus. The pectolytic enzymes produced by phytobacteria are important virulence factors involved in tissue maceration, electrolyte loss and cell death of host plants. In this study, the promoter activity of the pectolytic enzyme genes pel1, pel2, pel3, pglA, and peh-1 were investigated in Xcc XW19 strain using the β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene as a reporter. GUS activity expressed under the control of the pel1, pel3, pglA, and peh-1 gene promoters positively correlated with bacterial growth...
November 2016: Microbiological Research
Silvana Petrocelli, Maite R Arana, Marcela N Cabrini, Adriana C Casabuono, Laura Moyano, Matías Beltramino, Leandro M Moreira, Alicia S Couto, Elena G Orellano
Type IV pili (Tfp) are widely distributed adhesins of bacterial surfaces. In plant pathogenic bacteria, Tfp are involved in host colonization and pathogenesis. Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc) is the phytopathogen responsible for citrus canker disease. In this work, three Tfp structural genes, fimA, fimA1, and pilA from Xcc were studied. A pilA mutant strain from Xcc (XccΔpilA) was constructed and differences in physiological features, such as motilities, adhesion, and biofilm formation, were observed...
December 2016: Current Microbiology
Roxana A Roeschlin, María A Favaro, María A Chiesa, Sergio Alemano, Adrián A Vojnov, Atilio P Castagnaro, María P Filippone, Frederick G Gmitter, José Gadea, María R Marano
Xanthomonas citri ssp. citri (X. citri) is the causal agent of Asiatic citrus canker, a disease that seriously affects most commercially important Citrus species worldwide. We have previously identified a natural variant, X. citri A(T) , that triggers a host-specific defense response in Citrus limon. However, the mechanisms involved in this canker disease resistance are unknown. In this work, the defense response induced by X. citri A(T) was assessed by transcriptomic, physiological and ultrastructural analyses and the effects on bacterial biofilm formation were monitored in parallel...
September 20, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
Zhiyuan Yin, Baitao Zhu, Hao Feng, Lili Huang
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) often has strong benefits for fungi. In a study of samples from apple canker in Shaanxi Province, China, diverse microbes, along with the necrotrophic pathogen Valsa mali, were found to colonize the apple bark, thus providing ample opportunity for HGT to occur. In the present study, we identified 32 HGT events in V. mali by combining phyletic distribution-based methods with phylogenetic analyses. Most of these HGTs were from bacteria, whereas several others were from eukaryotes...
2016: Scientific Reports
Joaquín Abolafia, Mehrdad Alizadeh, Reza Khakvar
A new species of the genus Panagrellus, P. ulmi sp. n., has been found inside wetwood cankers of elms from the city of Tabriz, Iran. The new species is characterized by having small body size (0.91‒1.22 mm long in females and 0.82‒1.18 mm long in males), lateral field with three longitudinal incisures, lip region narrowing to distal end with six small lips and oral opening surrounded by six acute liplets, stoma with gymnostom shorter than cheilostom, cheilorhabdia not refringent, gymnorhabdia refringent, pharynx with metacorpus not swollen and isthmus slender, excretory pore at level of metacorpus, ovary very long without flexures, oviduct swollen, postvulval uterine sac long, 2...
2016: Zootaxa
André Vessoni Alexandrino, Leandro Seiji Goto, Maria Teresa Marques Novo-Mansur
Citrus canker, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc), is a severe disease of citrus. Xcc presents broad spectrum of citrus hosts including economically important species whereas X. fuscans subsp. aurantifolii-type C (XauC) causes a milder disease and only infects Citrus aurantifolia. Trehalase catalyzes hydrolysis of the disaccharide trehalose, a sugar that has been reported to be related to Xcc pathogenicity. We expressed the recombinant gene product and assessed Xcc trehalase structural and kinetics data...
2016: PloS One
Dongying Fan, Yanfang Li, Lingyun Zhao, Zhengpeng Li, Lili Huang, Xia Yan
The mechanism of biocontrol agent Saccharothrix yanglingensis Hhs.015 action against Valsa mali, a major apple Valsa canker pathogen, was examined using a novel, sensitive (minimum detection limit 100 pg/μL) and reliably RT-qPCR technique. Prior to lesion formation, total concentration of V. mali in the bark showed a significant decrease (p<0.05) after 24 h of Hhs.015 treatment. This was more pronounced at 48 and 96 h post treatment. After lesion formation, levels of V. mali remained constant at the boundary between infected and uninfected bark tissues, although the relative expansion rate of the lesion was significantly reduced (p<0...
2016: PloS One
Leandro Seiji Goto, André Vessoni Alexandrino, Camila Malvessi Pereira, Carla Silva Martins, Humberto D'Muniz Pereira, José Brandão-Neto, Maria Teresa Marques Novo-Mansur
Citrus canker, caused by bacteria Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri, can affect all economically important varieties of citrus. Studying Xanthomonas genes related to the invasive capacity may improve the knowledge on how this works and ultimately use the information to avoid the disease. Some annotated genes from Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri published genome are addressed to an interesting class of genes named "pathogenicity, virulence and adaptation". One of them is xanA, which encodes a predicted phosphoglucomutase...
December 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Ning Yan, Yongmei Du, Xinmin Liu, Hongbo Zhang, Yanhua Liu, John Shi, Sophia Jun Xue, Zhongfeng Zhang
The objective of this work was to study the underlying mechanisms of growth inhibition of Valsa mali var. mali, the causative pathogen of apple tree canker disease, by α-cembratrien-diol. The half maximal inhibitory concentration of α-cembratrien-diol against V. mali var. mali is 18.0mg/L. Treatment of V. mali var. mali with α-cembratrien-diol resulted in various mycelial and cellular abnormalities, and the up- and down-regulation of 94 and 170 differentially expressed genes, respectively. Gene Ontology term enrichment analysis revealed that α-cembratrien-diol substantially altered the expression of genes involved in the redox process, tetrapyrrole binding, coenzyme binding, heme binding, and iron binding...
January 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
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