Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum was discovered in 2008 by a NZ team led by Dr Lia Liefting (MAF). It was subsequently found to be the cause of the debilitating potato disease 'zebra chip' that has affected the USA industry since 2000.
Liberibacter solanacearum is transmitted by the tomato potato psyllid and infects various members of the solanaceous family including:
Subsequently, a phytoplasma (a bacteria-like organism similar to Liberibacter) was also found to infect potatoes, causing similar symptoms. dnature also tests potato samples for this pathogen
We can test stems from plants or trees, tubers, fried potato and leaves. We can also test the psyllid vector (e.g. from sticky traps) to see if the population has acquired Liberibacter.
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