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Detection of Phytoplasmas in Watercress and Onion Plants from Mauritius

A. Gungoosingh-Bunwaree, Nicoletta Contaldo, V. Vally, S. B. Madhu, B. Duduk, and A. Bertaccini

September 2010


Different phytoplasmas were detected and identified in watercress and onion plants from Mauritius. Disease incidence in watercress ponds ranged from 30 to 70%, while in onion seed production plots, it was around 10%. PCR/RFLP analyses as well as sequencing of 16S ribosomal gene enabled the identification of phytoplasmas belonging to two ribosomal groups, namely stolbur and aster yellows.


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