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'Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum'

 

NOTE: 'Ca. L. solanacearum' (Solanaceous haplotypes) and its vector Bactericera cockerelli have now been added to the EPPO A1 List. A full datasheet is being prepared, in the meantime you can view here the data which was previously available from the EPPO Alert List.


Why: A new bacterial species ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ (another name ‘Candidatus Liberibacter psyllaurous’ has also been proposed but for the moment it is not entirely clear whether they correspond to the same pathogen – for simplification the EPPO Secretariat has considered them as synonymous) has been found in association with serious diseases of tomatoes, potatoes and other solanaceous crops observed in the Americas, and recently discovered in New Zealand. In particular, it was found associated with a potato disease called ‘zebra chip’ which has caused significant economic losses, by reducing both yield and quality of potato crops. The tomato/potato psyllid Bactericera cockerelli (syn. Paratrioza cockerelli, Hemiptera: Psyllidae) is strongly suspected to be the vector of this new bacterium.
Joseph E. Munyaneza (USDA-ARS)
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Since its addition to the EPPO Alert List in 2009, ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ has been detected in several European countries in carrot crops (and to a lesser extent in celery) in association with other psyllid species (Bactericera trigonica and Trioza apicalis). However, both ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ and B. cockerelli have not been detected in potato or tomato crops in the EPPO region.

Where: The geographical distribution given below is essentially based on reports of disease symptoms. However, the presence of ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ has been confirmed in New Zealand, in Mexico (Coahuila, Sinaloa), and the USA (California, Kansas, Texas). As molecular tools are now available to detect specifically ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’, further studies will probably better determine its geographical distribution.
EPPO region: Absent in Solanaceae crops but recently detected on Apiaceae in Finland (carrot, in association with T. apicalis), Norway (carrot, in association with T. apicalis), Spain (Comunidad Valenciana, Castilla-La Mancha, Tenerife - on carrot and celery, in association with B. trigonica), Sweden (carrots, in association with T. apicalis).
North America: Mexico, USA (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming).
Central America: Guatemala, Honduras.
Oceania: New Zealand.

The distribution of the psyllid vector, B. cockerelli is the following:
EPPO region: Absent.
North America: Mexico, USA (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming). In Canada, B. cockerelli may be found in glasshouses, but outdoor populations only occur later in the season after migration from the US and cannot overwinter.
Central America: Guatemala, Honduras.
Oceania: New Zealand (recently introduced, first detected in May 2006 in Auckland).

The distribution of both B. trigonica and T. apicalis needs to be further studied.

Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State
University (US) - Bugwood.org

On which plants: Potato (Solanum tuberosum), tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), and capsicum (Capsicum annuum). The presence of ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ was detected in symptomless Solanum betaceum (tamarillo) and Physalis peruviana (Cape gooseberry) in the Americas and New Zealand. These plants were collected from a garden in South Auckland, located close to a commercial glasshouse where infected tomatoes had been found. For the moment, it is not known whether S. betaceum and P. peruviana only act as symptomless reservoirs of the pathogen or can also develop disease symptoms. Although it can be found on many plants (numerous species in 20 plant families), the psyllid vector (B. cockerelli) has been reported to complete its life cycle only on Solanaceae, Convolvulaceae and Lamiaceae. Its preferred hosts include aubergine, capsicum tomato, and potato.
Carrots (Daucus carota) and celery (Apium graveolens) in the EPPO region (see above).

Damage: On potato symptoms include: purple top, shortened internodes, smaller leaves, enlargement of the stems, swollen axillary buds and aerial tubers. Potato chips made from infected tubers present dark stripes which become markedly more visible after frying (hence the disease name ‘Zebra chip’), leading to rejection from the potato chip industry. When planted, infected tubers may not produce plants. ‘Zebra chip’ disease has been reported to cause severe economic losses in potato production (up to 60 % yield losses and significant rejections from the industry). Although significant economic damage has been reported on potato crops in Guatemala, Mexico and the Southwestern USA, the economic impact of the disease in New Zealand is yet to be determined.
On tomato symptoms include: ‘spiky’ and chlorotic apical growth, leaf curling, mottling, plant stunting, and in some cultivars fruit deformation.
On capsicum affected plants develop: chlorotic or pale green leaves, sharp tapering of leaf apex, upward leaf curling, shortened internodes and petioles, necrosis of apical meristem, flower abortion, and plant stunting.
On carrots: affected plants show leaf curling, yellow and purple discolouration of leaves, stunting of roots and shoots, and proliferation of secondary roots.

Transmission: Preliminary transmission trials strongly suggested that B. cokerelli is a vector of ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’. It has been demonstrated that the psyllid can acquire the bacterium but transmission needs to be confirmed. In addition, many other aspects of the disease epidemiology remain to be studied (e.g. transmission through seeds or grafts). Over long distances, trade of infected plants and psyllids can spread the bacterium. In the EPPO region, ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ has been found in association with other psyllid species, B. trigonica and T. apicalis, and also in mixed infections with other pathogens(e.g. Aster yellows phytoplasma, Spiroplasma citri).

Pathway: Plants for planting of host plants, tomato and capsicum fruits? potato tubers? seeds? infected psyllids?

Possible risks: Solanaceous crops such as potatoes and tomatoes are extensively grown in the EPPO region and are of major economic importance. For the moment, there is little experience with disease control, and it is likely that it will be essentially targeted against the psyllid vector (or possibly the use of resistant cultivars). Although many aspects of the biology and epidemiology of ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ need to be further investigated, it is advisable to avoid its introduction into the solanaceous crops of the EPPO region, as well as of its psyllid vector, B. cockerelli. For the moment, further studies are needed to better understand the different situations that are observed between the Americas/New Zealand and European countries.

Source(s)
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EPPO RS 2009/089, 2010/082, 2010/083, 2012/100, 2012/115, 2012/116, 2012/117, 2012/118, 2012/119, 2012/120, 2012/121

Panel review date 2013-03
Entry date 2009-05

 

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