A liberibacter (isolate NZ082226) was detected in a symptomatic tomato plant and subsequently in five other members of the family Solanaceae: capsicum, potato, tamarillo, cape gooseberry and chilli. Phylogenetic analyses of the 16S rRNA gene sequence, the deduced amino acid sequence of the gene and a partial nucleotide sequence of the operon indicated that isolate NZ082226 represents a novel candidate species of ‘ Liberibacter’, for which the name ‘ Liberibacter solanacearum’ is proposed.


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