Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Field mustard (Brassica rapa) an invasive weed species in cauliflower fields is a host of multiple phytoplasmas.

Abstract

Field mustard plants present in cauliflower fields were observed exhibiting branch proliferation, small and deformed leaves and flowers. The virtual RFLP and online tool i Phyclassifier identified phytoplasmas of the 16SrIII-B, 16SrIII-J, 16SrIII-U and 16SrVII-B subgroups. Representatives of these subgroups were previously identified in cauliflower. This study evidenced field mustard as a host that can serve as inoculum source for commercial crops.