CHARACTERIZATION OF XANTHOMONAS AXONOPODIS PV VESICATORIA ISOLATED FROM PEPPERS IN MACEDONIA
S. Mitrev, B. Kovačević
The bacteria were isolated from the spots of pepper plants, surveys in open-field during 1996-2001 in Macedonia. Symptoms similar to natural symptoms were reproduced following inoculation on pepper leaves. The strains were negative for amylolytic activity and ability to utilize cis-aconitate and belong to type A of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. vesicatoria, and were identified to race P0 and race P2. All strains were sensitive to copper sulfate and streptomycin sulfate and were homogeneous according to their Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Polyclonal antibodies produced clear positive reaction in I-ELISA with all strains from Macedonia and reference strains from abroad.