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'Candidatus phytoplasma palmicola’: a novel taxon associated with a lethal yellowing-type disease (LYD) of coconut ( Cocos nucifera L.) in Mozambique

Harrison, Nigel A.; Davis, Robert E.; Oropeza, Carlo; Helmick, Erik E.; Narvaez, Maria; Eden-Green, Simon; Dollet, Michel; Dickinson, Matthew; Konan Konan, Jean L.


Nigel A. Harrison

Robert E. Davis

Carlo Oropeza

Erik E. Helmick

Maria Narvaez

Simon Eden-Green

Michel Dollet

Matthew Dickinson

Jean L. Konan Konan


In this study, the taxonomic position and group classification of the phytoplasma associated with a lethal yellowing-type disease (LYD) of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) in Mozambique were addressed. Pairwise sequence similarity values based on alignment of near full-length 16SrRNA genes (1530 bp) revealed that the Mozambique coconut phytoplasma (LYDM) shared 100% identity with a comparable sequence derived from a phytoplasma strain (LDN), responsible for Awka wilt disease of coconut in Nigeria, and shared 99-99.6% identity with 16S rRNA sequences from strains associated with Cape St. Paul wilt (CSPW) disease of coconut in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. Similarity scores further determined the 16S rRNA gene of LYDM phytoplasma to share

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 28, 2014
Journal International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Print ISSN 1466-5026
Electronic ISSN 1466-5026
Publisher Microbiology Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 6
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