Witches' broom disease of Mexican lime trees: disaster to be addressed before it will be too late

Mohsen Mardi*, S. Mojtaba Khayam Nekouei, Laleh Karimi Farsad, Frooh Ehya, Mahnaz Shabani, Maaedeh Shafiee, Meisam Tabatabaei, Mohammad Reza Safarnejad, Gholamreza Salehi Jouzani, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh

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Witches' broom disease of lime (WBDL) associated with 'Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia' presence, is responsible for major losses of Mexican lime trees (Citrus aurantifolia L.). Iranian witches' broom disease of lime Network (IWBDLN) comprises of 10 mega projectswhich have been carried out since 2008 with the contribution of 15 different national institutes. Here, we will present the program and the results obtained and demonstrate how this program could contribute in controlling this destructive agent of WBDL. Furthermore, we will demonstrate how our genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics and metabolomics analyses of lime infected by witches' broom disease provided new insight into plant stress tolerance mechanisms. Several strategies to maximize the success of our program in controlling the disease will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S205-S206
Number of pages2
JournalBulletin of Insectology
Issue numberSupplement
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Witches' broom disease of lime
  • ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia
  • systems biology
  • management


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