Detection of Botryosphaeriaceae species within grapevine woody tissues by nested PCR, with particular emphasis on the Neofusicoccum parvum/N. ribis complex

Alan John Lander Phillips

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Several species of Botryosphaeriaceae and Phaeomoniella chlamydospora are common agents of grapevine decline worldwide. Currently, the use of culture independent PCR based techniques for detection of Botryosphaeriaceae within grapevine tissues has been limited to Botryosphaeria dothidea. In the present study, two Botryosphaeriaceae specific nested PCR assays were developed. One with a narrow target range, to detect Neofusicoccum parvum and the closely related species complex (Neofusicoccum parvum/N. ribis sensu Pavlic et al. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51:259-268, 2009) and another, with a wider range, to detect all 17 species of Botryosphaeriaceae which have been reported as potential wood pathogens of grapevine. The effectiveness of these assays was validated in vivo on naturally infected wood samples collected from standing vines and dormant grafted rooted cuttings commercialized in Italy by different nurseries in different years. All samples were also screened by means of a previously published nested PCR assay specific for Phaeomoniella chlamydospora. It was found that: 1) propagation material may play an important role as source of primary inoculum, not only of Phaeomoniella chlamydospora, as previously reported, but also for members of the Botryosphaeriaceae, among which Neofusicoccum parvum, Botryosphaeria dothidea and Diplodia seriata are the most common, and 2) multiple infections by different species belonging to Botryosphaeriaceae and/or Phaeomoniella chlamydospora occur frequently both in standing vines and propagation material. This last finding supports the hypothesis that at least some of the non-specific symptoms of grapevine decline may be due to the presence of different pathogens within host tissues.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)485-500
JournalEuropean Journal Of Plant Pathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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