Bacteria associated with the pinewood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus collected in Portugal
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In this study, we report on the bacterial community associated with the pinewood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus from symptomatic pine wilted trees, as well as from long-term preserved B. xylophilus laboratory collection specimens, emphasizing the close bacteria–nematode associations that may contribute to pine wilt disease development.
KeywordsPine wilt disease Bursaphelenchus xylophilus Nematode Bacteria Phylogeny
This work was supported by the Portuguese Project Programa de Acção Nacional para Controlo do Nemátodo da Madeira do Pinheiro: “A doença do nemátode da madeira do pinheiro Bursaphelenchus xylophilus” from Instituto de Financiamento da Agricultura e Pescas (IFAP) and Autoridade Florestal Nacional (AFN). The authors wish to thank Isabel Abrantes, Paula Morais and their research team from University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal), for the support given in the sampling collection.
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