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Annu Rev Phytopathol. 2005;43:261-78.

Pathogen testing and certification of Vitis and Prunus species.

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Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, California 95616, USA.


Strategies to screen horticultural crops for graft-transmissible agents, particularly viruses and phytoplasmas, have advanced substantially over the past decade. Tests used for Vitis and Prunus are reviewed in detail, including both biological indexing procedures and laboratory-based assays. Despite advances in laboratory molecular-based detection techniques, a strong case is presented for the continued use of slower biological tests in programs requiring high levels of confidence in detection of pathogens that must be excluded from valuable germplasm.

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