Mitsuru Okuda

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Cucurbit chlorotic yellows virus (CCYV) causes chlorotic yellows on cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and melon (Cucumis melo) and is transmitted by Bemisia tabaci biotype B and Q whiteflies. To characterize the host range of CCYV, 21 cucurbitaceous and 12 other plant species were inoculated using whitefly vectors. All tested Cucumis spp. except Cucumis anguria(More)
A transposable element from a plant pathogenic fungus, Fusarium oxysporum, was isolated and characterized. Four clones carrying moderately repetitive DNA were selected from a genomic library of the strain MAFF305118 of F. oxysporum f. sp. lagenariae, which causes wilt of bottle gourd. One the four clones was found to include a transposable element, which we(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the genetic diversity and relationships among 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' isolates from different hosts and distinct geographical areas in Southeast Asia. Genetic diversity among 'Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus' was estimated by sequencing four well-characterized DNA fragments: the 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) and(More)
Four highly polymorphic simple sequence repeat (SSR) loci were selected and used to differentiate 84 Japanese isolates of "Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus." The Nei's measure of genetic diversity values for these four SSRs ranged from 0.60 to 0.86. The four SSR loci were also highly polymorphic in four isolates from Taiwan and 12 isolates from Indonesia.
In Japan and Southeast Asia, ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ (Las) is the dominant causal agent of citrus greening (huanglongbing) disease. Using PCR techniques, we determined the 11168-nucleotide sequence of the ψserA-trmU-tufB-secE-nusG-rplKAJL-rpoB gene cluster and the flanking regions for 51 Japanese, four Taiwanese, four Indonesian, and three(More)
In 2007, lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) plants with necrotic ringspots on the leaves were found in Kochi Prefecture, Japan. Tospovirus-like spherical enveloped particles with ca. 160 nm in diameter were observed with electron microscopy. The complete nucleotide sequence of the S RNA segment of the virus was determined, and phylogenetic analysis using(More)
The nucleotide sequence of melon yellow spot virus (MYSV) M RNA segment was determined. The M RNA segment contains one open reading frame (ORF) encoding 308 amino acids (aa) in the sense orientation and another ORF encoding 1,127 aa in the complementary orientation, which were homologous to the NSm protein and G1/G2 glycoprotein precursor (Gp) protein,(More)
Three isolates of Chrysanthemum stem necrosis virus (CSNV) were obtained from chrysanthemum plants in distinct regions of Japan in 2006 and 2007. All the original host plants showed severe necrotic symptoms on the leaves and stems. Amino acid sequence data of the nucleocapsid protein genes of the three isolates (CbCh07A, TcCh07A, and GnCh07S) showed high(More)
RT-PCR procedures for detection of multiple species of tospovirus from plant tissues were investigated. Downstream primers were designated from the 3' untranslated sequences of the S RNA. An upstream primer was designated from the degenerated sequences of the nucleocapsid protein. Approximately 450 bp DNA fragments were detected when Tomato spotted wilt(More)
Step and terrace structure has been observed in an area of 1 mm 1 mm on the cleaved surface of KCl–KBr solid-solution single crystal by scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) with a small sphere probe of 500 nm diameter. Lateral spatial resolution of the SNOM system was estimated to be 20 nm from the observation of step width and the scanning-step(More)