Shweta Kumari H. A. Prameela Manjunath Manjunath S. Hurakadli K. T. Rangaswamy


China aster (Callistephus chinensis L.) is one of the most popular annual flowering plant grown through-out the world. Phyllody disease of China aster is a phytoplasma associated disease that induces severe economic losses. Phytoplasmal disease in China aster was assessed for phytoplasma by direct polymerase chain reaction primed by using phytoplasma universal primer pairs PI/P7. A 1.8 Kb DNA fragments encoding the portion of phyto-plasma 16SrDNA amplified by PCR was cloned and sequenced. Sequencing of the PCR product and BLAST analy-sis indicated that China aster phyllody phytoplasma strain shared maximum sequence identity (99%) with strains of Peanut Witches’ broom (16SrII) phytoplasma group. Phylogenetic relationship of 16SrDNA sequence of China aster phyllody phytoplasma strain in the present study confirmed association of Peanut Witches’ broom (16SrII) group of phytoplasmas with China aster phyllody disease in India.


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Callistephus chinensis, Phytoplasma, Phylogenetic analysis, 16SrII

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Kumari, S., Prameela, H. A., Manjunath, M., Hurakadli, S., & Rangaswamy, K. T. (2017). Molecular detection and characterization of phytoplasma associated with China aster (Callistephus chinensis) phyllody in India. Journal of Applied and Natural Science, 9(3), 1831–1834. https://doi.org/10.31018/jans.v9i3.1447
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