Annual Review of Phytopathology (2013) 51, 339-356
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Paradigms: Examples from the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa
Annual Review of Phytopathology 51, 339-356
Abstract: The history of advances in research on Xylella fastidiosa provides excellent examples of how paradigms both advance and limit our scientific understanding of plant pathogens and the plant diseases they cause. I describe this from a personal perspective, having been directly involved with many persons who made paradigm-changing discoveries, beginning with the discovery that a bacterium, not a virus, causes Pierce's disease of grape and other plant diseases in numerous plant species, including important crop and forest species.
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