Field Detection Of Citrus Blight Using Immunological Techniques
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VALENCIA ORANGE TREES; POLYACRYLAMIDE GELS; SENSITIVE METHOD; PROTEINS; WATER; HEALTHY; TISSUES; Plant Sciences
Eighty-six sweet orange trees from three Florida grove locations were diagnosed as being healthy or blighted using a western blot system with proteins extracted from citrus leaves. Extracted proteins were separated on 18% SDS-PAGE gels, electroblotted onto polyvinylidenedifluoride membrane, and probed with citrus blight antisera obtained from blighted citrus trees. This blot system was as reliable as conventional diagnostic systems and in several cases detected the presence of blight before increased tissue concentrations of zinc, decreased water uptake, and wilt were observed. Results were the same for samples taken during winter dormant periods and samples taken during spring growth. The use of leaf samples for the diagnosis of citrus blight has the advantage of allowing repeated sampling, unlike xylem zinc analysis and water injection techniques.
Bausher, M G. and Sweeney, M J., "Field Detection Of Citrus Blight Using Immunological Techniques" (1991). Faculty Bibliography. 1248.