Exclusion and Elimination of Microbial Plant Pathogens

Abstract Following globalization, enormous increase in the movement of passengers and cargo shipments has become unavoidable. This situation has also increased significantly the possibility for introduction of new pathogens or new strains of the existing pathogens, necessitating application of diagnostic techniques that have the potential to provide reliable results rapidly. Identification of the pathogens precisely is essential to exclude the more virulent strains or pathogens into the given...

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Frequencies of detection of pathogen by ELISA and PCR in the case of symptomatic grapevine plants were compared (Bextine and Miller 2004). A major limitation for large scale application of molecular techniques for detection, identification and differentiation of microbial plant pathogens are trained personnel, well-equipped laboratories and cost-effectiveness of tests chosen. In addition, quarantine restrictions on carrying living organisms across the borders, prevent the use of equipped...