Philippine Journal of Science


Distribution of Bamboo Witches’ Broom Disease in Various Bamboo Species in the Philippines and Molecular Identification of 'Candidatus Phytoplasma luffae'-related Strain 16SrVIII

Dolores et al. (2023). Philippine Journal of Science 152 (4)
Ca. Phytoplasma luffae
Bamboo is used for making structures, furniture, handicrafts, and ropes, as well as a source of food in the Philippines. One of the emerging diseases of bamboo in the country is the bamboo witches’ broom (BWB), which has been occasionally noted in three genera of bamboo – including Dendrocalamus, Gigantochloa, and Schizostachyum from various provinces in the Philippines (Ilocos Norte, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, and South Cotabato) since the 1990s. However, studies and in