Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

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Development of a PCR test for the detection of Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens

  • Patricia Messenberg Guimaraés
  • Sabrina Palmano
  • Julian J. Smith
  • Maria F. Grossi de Sá
  • Gerry S. SaddlerEmail author


A chromosomal DNA library of the bacterial pathogen of bean, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens NCPPB 559 was constructed in the plasmid pGEM-7Zf(+). Several clones were identified that hybridised to all Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pathovars including: C. f. betae, C. f. flaccumfaciens, C. f. oortii, C. f. poinsettiae and, in addition, to some strains of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. insidiosus and Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. One of these clones (pPMP-26), after subsequent digestion with restriction endonucleases EcoRI/SacI, yielded a fragment of approximately 0.2 Kb (pPMP-26D) that hybridised specifically to C. f. flaccumfaciens and not to any of the other plant pathogenic members of the order Actinomycetales or any of the other prokaryotic bean pathogens tested. This fragment was subcloned and sequenced, analysis of the resultant 198 bp sequence showed that no significant homology existed with any other sequence currently deposited in public databases. Further analysis of these data facilitated the design of PCR primers which were subsequently tested against a wide range of plant pathogenic actinomycetes and other prokaryotic bean pathogens. Results show that these primers are highly specific for all strains of C. f. flaccumfaciens with no cross-reaction to strains from any other bacterial taxa tested.

Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens PCR detection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Messenberg Guimaraés
    • 1
  • Sabrina Palmano
    • 2
  • Julian J. Smith
    • 3
  • Maria F. Grossi de Sá
    • 1
  • Gerry S. Saddler
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.National Research Center for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (CENARGEN/EMBRAPA)Brasília-DFBrazil
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Biologia Applicata alla Difesa delle PianteUniversità di UdineUdineItaly
  3. 3.CABI BioscienceUK CentreSurreyUK
  4. 4.CABI BioscienceUK CentreSurreyUK
  5. 5.Scottish Agricultural Science AgencyEast Craigs, EdinburghScotland Author for correspondence; E-mail

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