Citrus stubborn disease organism cultured from beet leafhopper
AuthorsIng Ming Lee
E. C. Calavan
G. H. Kaloostian
Authors AffiliationsIng Ming Lee is Research Assistant in the Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside; G. Cartia is Research Associate from the Institute of Plant Pathology, Catania, Italy; E. C. Calavan is Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside; G. H. Kaloostian is Research Leader, USDA, ARS Boyden Entomology Laboratory, Riverside.
Hilgardia 27(11):14-15. DOI:10.3733/ca.v027n11p14. November 1973.
The citrus stubborn disease organism, Spiroplasma citri, has been cultured from beet leafhoppers collected from citrus near Riverside. This leafhopper is commonly a vector of curly top virus of sugar beets and other plants and is periodically abundant in hot, dry areas where sugar beets, citrus, and many other hosts are grown. This is the first report of a natural insect carrier of the citrus stubborn organism and is believed to be the first recorded instance of culturing a naturally acquired mycoplasma-like organism from an insect carrier.
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