Phytoplasmas: Plant Pathogenic Bacteria - III

Genomics, Host Pathogen Interactions and Diagnosis

  • Assunta Bertaccini
  • Kenro Oshima
  • Michael Kube
  • Govind Pratap Rao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael Kube, Bojan Duduk, Kenro Oshima
    Pages 1-16
  3. Assunta Bertaccini, Kenro Oshima, Kensaku Maejima, Shigetou Namba
    Pages 17-34
  4. Marina Dermastia, Michael Kube, Martina Šeruga-Musić
    Pages 35-55
  5. Kenro Oshima, Kensaku Maejima, Shigetou Namba
    Pages 57-68
  6. Marika Rossi, Ivana Samarzija, Martina Šeruga-Musić, Luciana Galetto
    Pages 69-88
  7. Nicoletta Contaldo, Assunta Bertaccini
    Pages 89-104
  8. Assunta Bertaccini, Nicola Fiore, Alan Zamorano, Ajay Kumar Tiwari, Govind Pratap Rao
    Pages 105-136
  9. Marta Martini, Fabio Quaglino, Assunta Bertaccini
    Pages 161-200
  10. Govind Pratap Rao, Ramaswamy Manimekalai, Manish Kumar, Hemavati Ranebennur, Shigeyuki Kakizawa, Assunta Bertaccini
    Pages 201-226

About this book


Phytoplasma III is the last of three books in the series covering all the aspects of phytoplasma-associated diseases. Phytoplasmas are a major limiting factor in the quality and productivity of many ornamental, horticultural and economically important agriculture crops worldwide, and losses due to phytoplasma diseases have disastrous consequences for farming communities. As there is no effective cure for these diseases, management strategies focus-on exclusion, minimizing their spread by insect vectors and propagation materials, and developing host plant resistance.  

This book provides an update on genomics, effectors and pathogenicity factors toward a better understanding of phytoplasma-host metabolic interactions. It offers a comprehensive overview of biological, serological and molecular characterization of the phytoplasmas, including recently developed approaches in diagnostics, such as transcriptomics studies, which have paved the way for analyzing the gene expression pattern in phytoplasmas on infection and revealed the up-regulation of genes associated with hormonal response, transcription factors, and signaling genes. Although phytoplasmas remain the most poorly characterized pathogens, recent studies have identified virulence factors that induce typical disease symptoms and have characterized the unique reductive evolution of the genome. Reviewing the advances in cultivation in axenic media together with the perspectives for future research to reduce the global incidence of these pathogens and the associated agricultural losses, the book is a valuable resource for plant pathologists, researchers in agriculture and PhD students. 


Phytoplasmas Agricultural Crops Identification Genomics Molecular characterization

Editors and affiliations

  • Assunta Bertaccini
    • 1
  • Kenro Oshima
    • 2
  • Michael Kube
    • 3
  • Govind Pratap Rao
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Food SciencesAlma Mater Studiorum – University of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Plant Science, Faculty of Bioscience and Applied ChemistryHosei UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Integrative Infection Biology Crops-LivestockUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany
  4. 4.Division of Plant PathologyIndian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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