Simultaneous detection of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp michiganensis, Pepino mosaic virus and Mexican papita viroid by non-radioactive molecular hybridization using a unique polyprobe

Autores UPV
Revista European Journal of Plant Pathology


Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis, Pepino mosaic virus, and Mexican papita viroid are three economically important pathogens that infect tomato crops. In this work, a polyprobe (poly-3) was developed and evaluated for the simultaneous detection of these pathogens in tomato plants by non-isotopic molecular hybridization. The endpoint detection limit of the poly-3 with C. michiganensis subsp. michiganensis cell cultures was 10(6) CFU/ml. No differences were found in terms of the sensitivity and specificity when the individual riboprobes were compared to the poly-3 for the detection of the three pathogens. The analysis of 80 tomato field samples by the poly-3 and RT-PCR techniques rendered the same number of positive samples for each pathogen. As far as we know this is the first time that three pathogens with very different life cycle styles (bacteria, virus and viroid) are simultaneously detected in a single assay. The possibility of using this poly-3 technology for the routine diagnosis of field tomato samples is discussed.