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The Genus Xylophilus

  • Anne Willems
  • Monique Gillis
  • Jozef De Ley


The genus Xylophilus comprises strains pathogenic for the grapevine, Vitis vinifera. Xylophilus ampelinus, the only species, is the causal agent of bacterial necrosis and canker of grapevine and is therefore responsible for important economic losses to viticulture in both Europe and South Africa. Although the disease was first described in France in 1895 as “Maladie d’Oléron” (Ravaz, 1895), the causal pathogen was not isolated until 1969.


Bacterial Blight Colony Diameter Ferric Ammonium Citrate Diffusible Pigment Bacteriological Test 
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  • Anne Willems
  • Monique Gillis
  • Jozef De Ley

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