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Phytopathogenic Mollicutes
Year : 2019, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 221) Last page : ( 222)
Print ISSN : 2249-4669. Online ISSN : 2249-4677.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2249-4677.2019.00111.7

Phytoplasma survey in Ulmus species in Belgium

Steyer Stéphan1,*, Fauche Frédéric1, Deeren Anne-Marie2, Goedefroit Thomas2, Jonghe Kris De2

1Centre de Recherches Agronomiques (CRA-W), Gembloux, Belgium

2Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), Merelbeke, Belgium

*Corresponding author e-mail: Steyer Stéphan (s.steyer@cra.wallonie.be)

Online published on 25 July, 2019.


About 600 elm trees were sampled during a dedicated survey in 2017–2018 all over Belgium. The sampled leaves and roots were analysed for phytoplasma presence, using universal primers. In one tree ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma ulmi’, EU quarantine regulated pathogen, was detected and in seven trees ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma fragariae’ presence was identified in different locations: Ulmus is a new host plant for this latter phytoplasma.



Survey, diagnostics, Ulmus sp, elm yellows phytoplasma.


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