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Phytopathogenic Mollicutes
Year : 2019, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 195) Last page : ( 196)
Print ISSN : 2249-4669. Online ISSN : 2249-4677.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2249-4677.2019.00098.7

Genetic differentiation of the 16SrXXII-B phytoplasmas in Ghana based on the leucyl tRNA synthetase gene

Dickinson Matthew1,*, Brown Holly1, Yankey Egya Ndede2, Andoh-Mensah Sebastian2, Bremang Felix2

1School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

2Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Oil Palm Research Institute (CSIR-OPRI), Sekondi, Ghana

*Corresponding author e-mail: Matthew Dickinson (matthew.dickinson@nottingham.ac.uk)

Online published on 25 July, 2019.

Abstract

The Cape St. Paul wilt disease is a lethal yellowing type disease of coconut in Ghana. It is associate with the presence of a phytoplasma belonging to the 16SrXXII-B subgroup also referred to as ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma palmicola’-related strain. A leucyl tRNA gene based assay was used to discriminate the two strains of the phytoplasma detected in Ghana since sequences from the 16S rRNA gene were unable to reveal these genetic differences in the phytoplasmas.

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Keywords

Phytoplasma, CSPWD, Ghana, leucyl tRNA synthetase gene.

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