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Abstract

First report of Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia (16SrII group) associated with Conocarpus erectus disease in Iran.

Abstract

During 2015-16, the symptoms of little leaf, leaf roll and stem fasciation were observed on Conocarpus erectus trees in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran. Nested polymerase chain reaction with phytoplasma 16S rDNA-specific primers detected the pathogen in the symptomatic plants. Both, the BLASTn search and phylogenetic analysis of the partial 16S rDNA sequence showed that Conocarpus erectus little leaf phytoplasma is a member of the 16Sr II group 'Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia'.