Techniques for the Maintenance and Propagation of Phytoplasmas in Glasshouse Collections of Catharanthus roseus
Phytoplasma collections are a vital resource for researchers and diagnosticians studying phytoplasma diseases. They provide material as a point of reference and a research tool to increase our understanding of phytoplasmas and the diseases they cause. This chapter describes the techniques required to create and maintain collections of phytoplasma-infected Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle).
Key wordsCatharanthus roseus Cuttings Glasshouse maintenance Grafting technique Phytoplasma
We would like to acknowledge Professor Phil Jones and the horticultural staff at the University of Nottingham and the Food and Environment Research Agency for training and guidance provided on the creation and maintenance of phytoplasma collections. We would also like to thank all individuals and organizations that have provided us with phytoplasma-infected plant samples.