Photo 1. Upward curling of leaves, and erect nature of branches on tomato caused by big bud, Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia.
Photo 2. Tomato infected with big bud, Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia, showing short, thick stems and deformed leaves.
Tomato big bud
Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia; there are several strains of the phytoplasma identified in tomato throughout the world; the strain in the Pacific is in the phytoplasma group/subgroup coded 16SrII. This code refers to analysis of ribosomal RNA.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Diseases of vegetable crops in Australia (2010). Editors, Denis Persley, Tony Cooke, Susan House. CSIRO Publishing; and from D Blancard (2012) Tomato diseases - Identification, Biology and Control. Manson Publishing Ltd., London NWI11 7DL, UK. Photos 2&4 Kohler F, Pellegrin F, Jackson G, McKenzie E (1997) Diseases of cultivated crops in Pacific Island countries. South Pacific Commission. Pirie Printers Pty Limited, Canberra, Australia. Photo 3 Sione Foliaki, Deputy Director and Head of Agricultural Research and Information Division, MAF, Tonga.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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