Development and morphological changes in leaves and branches of acid lime (Citrus aurantifolia) affected by witches' broom

Rashid Abdullah Al-Yahyai, Abdullah Mohammed Al-Sadi, Fahad Al Julanda Al-Said, Zakiya Hilal Alkalbani, Claudine Márcia Carvalho, Simon Luke Elliot, Assunta Bertaccini

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Witches' broom (WB), associated with the presence of 'Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia', is one of the most serious diseases of acid lime. This study determined incidence, distribution, and development of the disease, and morphological changes in leaves and branches of affected host plants. Survey in different parts of Oman showed that WB occurs in most regions in the country, where 108 out of 158 (68%) surveyed farms were found to have diseased trees. A survey of 6,926 acid lime trees showed that severity of WB was positively related (r = 0.948; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalPhytopathologia Mediterranea
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • 'Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia'
  • Phytoplasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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