History and mission

The plant pathogenic bacteria culture collection of the ARC-Plant Health and Protection Campus began in 1990. At the outset the collection consisted mainly of dry bean pathogens such as Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli, Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. phaseolicola and Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae. A substantial number of Agrobacterium tumefaciens and A. vitis cultures were also included. Over time the collection expanded and currently contains 1200 plant pathogenic bacteria strains from 41 plant species. The collection mainly represents South African strains, but type strains from over the world are included. In 2001 the collection gained the status of a National Collection. The collection is named "Plant Pathogenic and Plant Protecting Bacteria" (PPPPB) and is registered with the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), number WDCC 818.

  • To preserve the national biological diversity

  • To collect, store and maintain Southern African plant pathogenic and plant protecting bacteria

  • To supply researchers and industries with PPPPB cultures, in accordance with the Convention on Biological Diversity and the PPPPB terms of supply

  • To provide reference strains

  • Advice for the scientific community, industries, the Department of Agriculture and educators.


Research Team Manager: Dr Elna van der Linde
E-mail: VDlindeE@arc.agric.za
Office number: +27 (0)12 808 8288

Campus: Roodeplaat, Pretoria

‚ÄčTeresa Goszczynska (MSc)

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