Journal of Phytopathology (2006) 154, 469-473

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A. Stöger, J. Schaffer and W. Ruppitsch (2006)
A rapid and sensitive method for direct detection of Erwinia amylovora in symptomatic and asymptomatic plant tissues by polymerase chain reaction
Journal of Phytopathology 154 (7-8), 469-473
Abstract: Fire blight is a destructive disease of apple and pear trees and other rosaceous plants caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Erwinia amylovora. Several molecular detection procedures described for this plant pathogen are either too time consuming, too insensitive or impractical when handling a large number of samples routinely. Here, we describe a modified protocol of the REDExtract-N-AmpTM Plant polymerase chain reaction kit for the detection of E. amylovorain planta and demonstrate that it provides simplicity, high sensitivity, speed and high throughput potential. A total of 951 samples collected in Austria were tested with the modified protocol and the standard protocol of our laboratory to validate the accuracy of this detection method.
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Erwinia amylovora