Search for potential vectors of 'Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum': population dynamics in host crops
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AutorTeresani,Gabriela; Hernandez,Estrella; Bertolini,Edson; Siverio,Felipe; Marroquin,Carlos; Molina,Jonathan; Hermoso de Mendoza,Alfonso; Cambra,Mariano
'Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum' has recently been reported to be associated with vegetative disorders and economic losses in carrot and celery crops in Spain. The bacterium is a carrot seedborne pathogen and it is transmitted by psyllid vector species. From 2011 to 2014 seasonal and occasional surveys in carrot, celery and potato plots were performed. The sticky plant method was used to monitor the arthropods that visited the plants. The collected arthropods were classified into Aphididae and Cicadellidae, and the superfamily Psylloidea was identified to the species level. The superfamily Psylloidea represented 35.45% of the total arthropods captured on celery in Villena and 99.1% on carrot in Tenerife (Canary Islands). The maximum flight of psyllid species was in summer, both in mainland Spain and the Canary Islands, reaching a peak of 570 specimens in August in Villena and 6,063 in July in Tenerife. The main identified psyllid species were as follows: Bactericera trigonica Hodkinson, B. tremblayi Wagner and B. nigricornis Forster. B. trigonica represented more than 99% of the psyllids captured in the Canary Islands and 75% and 38% in 2011 and 2012 in Villena, respectively. In addition, Trio:a urticae Linnaeus, Bactericera sp., Ctenarytaina sp., Cacopsylla sp., Trio:a sp. and Psylla sp. were captured. 'Ca. L. solanacearum' targets were detected by squash real-time PCR in 19.5% of the psyllids belonging to the different Bactericera species. This paper reports at least three new psyllid species that carry the bacterium and can be considered as potential vectors.