A. Obradovic

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Bacterial-incited plant diseases account for significant production losses to agricultural crops. Disease control is a major challenge as a result of various factors including pathogen variation, ability to overcome plant genetic resistance, lack of effective bactericides as a result of strains developing tolerance, and the pathogen’s ability to reach high(More)
*Correspondence to: Jeffrey B. Jones; Email: jbjones@ufl.edu Submitted: 09/23/12; Revised: 01/28/13; Accepted: 02/01/13 http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/bact.23857 The use of bacteriophages as an effective phage therapy strategy faces significant challenges for controlling plant diseases in the phyllosphere. A number of factors must be taken into account when(More)
Two plant-tumorigenic strains KFB 330(T) and KFB 335 isolated from galls on raspberry (Rubus idaeus) in Serbia, and a non-pathogenic strain AL51.1 recovered from a cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera) tumor in Poland, were genotypically and phenotypically characterized. Phylogenetic reconstruction based on 16S rDNA placed them within the genus Agrobacterium,(More)
During the last two decades bacterial strains associated with necrotic leaf spots of pepper and tomato fruit spots were collected in Serbia. Twenty-eight strains isolated from pepper and six from tomato were characterized. A study of their physiological and pathological characteristics, and fatty acid composition analysis revealed that all of the strains(More)
During the last 3 years, crown gall disease was observed in some young raspberry plantations throughout Serbia, causing considerable economic losses. Based on biochemical and physiological tests, PCR targeting the 23S rRNA gene, and 16S rRNA and recA gene sequence analysis, at least two different species were identified as causal agents of disease. Out of(More)
Recent genome analysis of Erwinia amylovora, the causal agent of fire blight disease on Rosaceae, has shown that the chromosome is highly conserved among strains and that plasmids are the principal source of genomic diversity. A new circular plasmid, pEA68, was found in E. amylovora strain 692 (LMG 28361), isolated in Poland from Sorbus (mountain ash) with(More)
Crown gall, caused by tumorigenic strains of Agrobacterium spp., is considered one of the most important diseases in stone fruit nurseries throughout the world. Since the crown gall disease has not been studied extensively in Serbia for more than 30 years, the objective of this study was to isolate, identify and characterize the bacterium associated with(More)
Serious outbreaks of grapevine crown gall disease were observed in major Serbian viticultural regions during the last five years. Tumorigenic Agrobacterium vitis was identified as a causal agent by using conventional bacteriological and molecular tests. The 36 studied strains of A. vitis showed homogeneous biochemical and physiological characteristics, but(More)
Forty Erwinia amylovora strains originating from different host plants and locations in Serbia and one strain from Montenegro were characterized by conventional, automated and molecular techniques. All strains were Gram-negative, nonfluorescent, facultative anaerobes, oxidase negative, levan positive, produced necrotic lesions followed by bacterial exudate(More)
AIMS To analyse genetic diversity and epidemiological relationships among 54 strains of Allorhizobium vitis isolated in Europe during an 8-year period and to assess the relative contribution of mutation and recombination in shaping their diversity. METHODS AND RESULTS By using random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) PCR, strains studied were distributed(More)