Proteomic Reference Map Created for Citrus Canker

November 18, 2010
Robert Moreschi

A group of scientists that are affiliated with several different institutions in Brazil have conducted research on Xanthomonas citri, a pathogen that affects nearly every variety of orange.

A group of scientists that are affiliated with several different institutions in Brazil have conducted research on Xanthomonas citri, a pathogen that affects nearly every variety of orange.

This pathogen, which is the most aggressive form of Xanthomonas that exists, is responsible for causing what is commonly referred to as citrus canker, a rapidly spreading disease that decreases the yield of fruit, as well as its quality.

The study, which was conducted using liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS), demonstrated that Xanthomonas citri has,"intermediary and central mechanisms and regulation factors for transcription, replication and metabolism," according to a report from Chromatography Today. In addition to this, the study also yielded important information about the growth of the pathogen.