Abstract‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ (CLas) is an unculturable, Gram-negative, phloem restricted plant pathogenic bacterium associated with a very serious disease of citrus worldwide known as Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB). CLas is widely spread in the Americas. In Cuba, CLas has been associated with HLB symptoms and has seriously affected the Cuban citrus industry. In this short communication we discuss the identification of CLas-infected sour orange in urban areas of Mayabeque Province in Cuba, an area previously unexplored for the presence of HLB, and a host widely cultivated in gardens and yards along Cuba. We used for the first time the bacteria molecular barcode chaperonin-60 universal target (cpn60 UT) to identify and to detect CLas in HLB-symptomatic host plants.
A draft genome sequence is presented for a strain of “
Phytoplasma asteris” affecting canola plants in Saskatoon, Canada. This phytopathogenic bacterium was determined to be a 16SrI strain and features 16S rRNA-encoding gene sequence heterogeneity.