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Front. Plant Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01108

The distribution of phytoplasmas in South and East Asia: an emerging threat to grapevine cultivation

 Roberto Pierro1, Teodoro Semeraro2,  Andrea Luvisi2*, Harsh Garg3,  Marzia Vergine2,  Luigi De Bellis2 and Harsimran K. Gill4
  • 1University of Pisa, Italy
  • 2University of Salento, Italy
  • 3University of Sydney, Australia
  • 4Bayer (United States), United States

Grapevine is largely cultivated in several parts of the world and a spurt in its cultivation has occurred in the last two decades in grapevine cultivated areas of South and East Asia, mainly in China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia. Grapevine Yellows (GY) represent one of the most important diseases in viticultural areas of the world, and they have been assigned to five different groups: aster yellows [AY, (16SrI)], Peanut witches’ broom [PnWB, (16SrII)], X-disease (16SrIII), elm yellows [EY, (16SrV)] and Stolbur (16SrXII). This study provides a comprehensive overview of the presence of phytoplasma strains and their vectors associated with GY complex, and their potential impact on viticulture of the South and East Asia. In general, both AY and EY were reported on several herbaceous plants and/or cultivated plants in South and East Asia, along with its vector (Macrosteles fascifrons) that was largely reported in China and sporadically in Japan. Interestingly, AY and EY are yet not found in South and East Asia grapevine region, however its presence on difference plant species suggest the potential spread of the pathogen that may occur in grapevine region in near future. Additionally, a few reports also suggest the presence of Stolbur group in Asian countries, along with one study that found a Stolbur-related strain in China on Vitis vinifera. Similarly, PnWB was also frequently reported in India and China on several plant species, but not in grapes. Conversely, sporadic detections of phytoplasma strains related to X-disease in Thailand, South Korea and China, indicate that their potential influence in viticulture is rather negligible. Our review suggests that monitoring and control strategies against GY are essential in order to prevent epidemic phytoplasma spread, especially in vine devoted areas in Asia.

Keywords: Phytoplasma, grapevine, Grapevine yellows, Flavescence dorée, Bois noir

Received: 23 Apr 2019; Accepted: 13 Aug 2019.

Edited by:

Gabor Jakab, University of Pécs, Hungary

Reviewed by:

Luciana Galetto, Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante
Ivo Tosevski, Institute for Plant Protection and Environment (IZBIS), Serbia
Nicoletta Contaldo, University of Bologna, Italy  

Copyright: © 2019 Pierro, Semeraro, Luvisi, Garg, Vergine, De Bellis and Gill. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Andrea Luvisi, University of Salento, Lecce, 73100, Apulia, Italy,