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Molecular characterization of Phytophthora palmivora responsible for bud rot disease of oil palm in Colombia

Maizatul-Suriza, Mohamed; Dickinson, Matthew; Idris, Abu Seman


Mohamed Maizatul-Suriza

Matthew Dickinson

Abu Seman Idris


Bud rot disease is a damaging disease of oil palm in Colombia. The pathogen responsible for this disease is a species of oomyctes, Phytophthora palmivora which is also the causal pathogen of several tropical crop diseases such as fruit rot and stem canker of cocoa, rubber, durian and jackfruit. No outbreaks of bud rot have been reported in oil palm in Malaysia or other Southeast Asian countries, despite this particular species being present in the region. Analysis of the genomic sequences of several genetic markers; the internal transcribe spacer regions (ITS) of the ribosomal RNA gene cluster, beta-tubulin gene, translation elongation factor 1 alpha gene (EF-1?), cytochrome c oxidase subunit I & II (COXI and COXII) gene cluster along with amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analyses have been carried out to investigate the genetic diversity and variation of P. palmivora isolates from around the world and from different hosts in comparison to Colombian oil palm isolates, as one of the steps in understanding why this species of oomycetes causes devastating damage to oil palm in Latin America but not in other regions. Phylogenetic analyses of these regions showed that the Colombian oil palm isolates were not separated from Malaysian isolates. AFLP analysis and a new marker PPHPAV, targeting an unclassified hypothetical protein, was found to be able to differentiate Malaysian and Colombian isolates and showed a clear clade separations. Despite this, pathogenicity studies did not show any significant differences in the level of aggressiveness of different isolates against oil palm in glasshouse tests.


Maizatul-Suriza, M., Dickinson, M., & Idris, A. S. (2019). Molecular characterization of Phytophthora palmivora responsible for bud rot disease of oil palm in Colombia. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 35(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 20, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 27, 2019
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Apr 4, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 4, 2019
Journal World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Print ISSN 0959-3993
Electronic ISSN 1573-0972
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 3
Article Number 44
Keywords Biotechnology; Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology; Physiology; General Medicine
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