In October 2007, leaf yellowing, little leaf, and proliferation of axillary shoots were observed in M. pudica plants from roadsides and in crop fields around Pangururan village in Indonesia. Leaf and stem samples were collected from plants with symptoms for pathogen isolation. BLAST comparisons of the M. pudica phytoplasma 16S rDNA sequence yielded the highest identity (99%) with those of the members of group16SrI, 'Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris' [P. asteris]. This is the first record of a yellows disease on M. pudica worldwide, its association with a phytoplasma, and identification of 'Ca. Phytoplasma asteris' in Indonesia.
Boa, E.; Arocha, Y.; Harling, R.; Tobing, C.; Kelly, P.; Reeder, R. First report of group 16SrI, &#8216;Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris&#8217; associated with Mimosa pudica yellows in Indonesia. Plant Pathology (2010) 59 (2) 397-397. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2009.02180.x]