Candidatus Phytoplasma brasiliense
This phytoplasma was recently discovered in nutsedge species in Florida (Cyperus spp.) in Florida. This pathogen is known to infect a wide variety of economically important plant species in South America that include Papaya, Hibiscus, Cauliflower, and grapevines. Little is known on this pathogen and while there is no evidence that it is affecting plants in Florida, its affect on other plants in the native range highlights the need for further study. Current research efforts of this pathogen in Florida include...
1) Distribution throughout Florida in sedges
2) Host range in Florida
3) Vector identification