An effective and low-cost culture medium for isolation and growth of Xylella fastidiosa from citrus and coffee plants

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Buffered charcoal-yeast extract medium (BCYE) has been used for isolation of Xylella fastidiosa from citrus (Citrus sinensis) and coffee (Coffea arabica) plants affected by citrus variegated chlorosis (CVC) and coffee leaf scorch (CLS). BCYE is composed of ACES (2-[2-amino-2oxoethyl) amino]-ethanesulfonic acid) buffer, activated charcoal, yeast extract, L-cysteine, ferric pyrophosphate, and agar. ACES buffer is costly and not always commercially available in Brazil, and the L-cysteine and ferric pyrophosphate need to be filter sterilized in 0.22-mu m pore membranes before inclusion in the medium. Omission of L-cysteine, addition of magnesium sulfate, and replacements of ACES and ferric pyrophosphate for potassium phosphate and ferrous sulfate resulted in an effective, less expensive, and entirely autoclavable medium, named phosphate buffered charcoal-yeast extract medium (PCYE). The final cost of PCYE was approximately one tenth that of BCYE. Its effectiveness was tested for the isolation of X. fastidiosa from symptomatic leaves collected from 52 citrus plants affected by CVC and 43 coffee plants affected by CLS. PCYE was as effective as BCYE and has been used routinely in our and other laboratories for isolation, growth, and quantification of X. fastidiosa from plant tissues.


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  • Xylella fastidiosa