Richard Alexander Gottsberger

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AIMS To develop and evaluate a new and reliable real-time PCR detection protocol on chromosomal DNA of the contagious plant pathogenic bacterium Erwinia amylovora, the causal agent of fire blight. METHODS AND RESULTS A Taqman minor-groove-binder real-time PCR assay targeting a hypothetical protein coding gene of Erw. amylovora has been developed. Colony(More)
A culture-independent survey of fungal diversity in four arable soils and one grassland in Lower Austria was conducted by RFLP and sequence analysis of clone libraries of the partial ITS/LSU-region. All soils were dominated by the ascomycetous orders Sordariales, Hypocreales and Helotiales, taxa that are known from traditional cultivation approaches to(More)
Antibiotic resistance genes may be considered as environmental pollutants if anthropogenic emission and manipulations increase their prevalence above usually occurring background levels. The prevalence of aph(3')-IIa/nptII and aph(3')-IIIa/nptIII - frequent marker genes in plant biotechnology conferring resistance to certain aminoglycosides - was determined(More)
Experiments were carried out to investigate whether Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) can be transmitted intra- and inter-species from infected Solanum jasminoides to non-infected S. jasminoides and S. esculentum and from infected Brugmansia sp. to S. esculentum by Frankliniella occidentalis and Thrips tabaci by leaf sucking. The F. occidentalis(More)
Fire blight caused by the gram-negative bacterium Erwinia amylovora is a major disease of pome fruit like apple (Malus domestica) or pear (Pyrus communis). Detection of the pathogen is hampered by low titres usually being present during initial flower infection and the brief time frame for analysis to decide upon subsequent countermeasures. Here we describe(More)
BACKGROUND Strawberry diseases are a major limiting factor that severely impact plant agronomic performance. Regarding limitations of traditional techniques for detection of pathogens, researchers have developed specific DNA-based tests as sensitive and specific techniques. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of polymerase chain reaction(More)
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