Pectobacterium brasiliense: Genomics, Host Range and Disease Management

Said Oulghazi, Sohaib Sarfraz, Maja Zaczek-Moczydlowska, Slimane Khayi, Abdelaziz Ed-Dra, Yassir Lekbach, Katrina Campbell, Lucy Novungayo Moleleki, Richard O'Hanlon, Denis Faure*

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Pectobacterium brasiliense (Pbr) is considered as one of the most virulent species among the Pectobacteriaceae. This species has a broad host range within horticulture crops and is well distributed elsewhere. It has been found to be pathogenic not only in the field causing blackleg and soft rot of potato, but it is also transmitted via storage causing soft rot of other vegetables. Genomic analysis and other cost-effective molecular detection methods such as a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) are essential to investigate the ecology and pathogenesis of the Pbr. The lack of fast, field deployable point-of-care testing (POCT) methods, specific control strategies and current limited genomic knowledge make management of this species difficult. Thus far, no comprehensive review exists about Pbr, however there is an intense need to research the biology, detection, pathogenicity and management of Pbr, not only because of its fast distribution across Europe and other countries but also due to its increased survival to various climatic conditions. This review outlines the information available in peer-reviewed literature regarding host range, detection methods, genomics, geographical distribution, nomenclature and taxonomical evolution along with some of the possible management and control strategies. In summary, the conclusions and a further directions highlight the management of this species.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106
Number of pages26
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 05 Jan 2021


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