Mz 9.1 Clavibacter michiganensis ssp nebraskensis2018-06-01T10:00:32-05:00

National Seed Health System

Mz 9.1  Clavibacter michiganensis ssp nebraskensis

DATE: 2001
PATHOGEN: Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebaskensis
HOST: Maize (Zea mays)
COMMON NAME: Goss’ bacterial wilt and leaf blight
METHOD: Mz 9.1 sCNS Culture plate Method (Shepherd, 1999) (formerly Cb 1.1)
SAMPLE: 400 seeds


1. Divide a representative sample of 400 corn seeds into 4 sub-lots of 100.

2. Surface sterilize seeds with 0.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) for 3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with sterile water.

3. Grind each sub-sample until finely pulverized and add to 100ml phosphate buffer saline solution (seeds may be ground dry or soaked overnight at 6ºC before grinding).

4. Shake sub-samples at room temperature for 1 hour.

5. Prepare a dilution series comprising the original suspension and two 10-fold dilutions.

6. Plate each of the three dilutions onto sCNS in triplicate.

7. Incubate at 28°C for 5 to 7 days.

8. Any orange colonies that appear in the first 1 to 3 days should be disregarded.

9. Round and peach colored colonies appear after 3 days and by 9 days are putative colonies of C. michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis (Cmn).

10. Cmn can be confirmed by plant injections of culture suspensions into seedlings of Goss’ wilt susceptible corn varieties (such as A632). Seedlings are then examined for typical Goss’ wilt symptoms on leaves.

11. Alternatively, Cmn can be confirmed by CORYNE strip tests, performed according to manufacturer’s (bioMeriux-Vitek Inc., Hazelwood, MO) directions on colonies plated on TSA agar. The positive code for Cmn is 6550004 or 6150004. ELISA kits (Agdia, CMM kit) can also be used to eliminate negatives, but are known to give false positives, so any positives should undergo further testing.

Distilled water  1 liter
Nutrient broth  8.0g
Yeast extract  2.0g
K2HPO4  (dibasic) 2.0g
KH2PO4 (monobasic) 0.5g
Dextrose  5.0g
MgSO4* 7H2O  0.25g
Agar  15g
Bravo 720 (Chlorothalonil)  0.2ml diluted 1:50 in water
Mertect 340F (Thiabendazole)  50µl (1 drop)
Potassium dichromate  0.02g

After autoclaving filter sterilize the following adding to media just prior to pouring:

Naladixic acid 40mg
Cycloheximide 100mg

Shepherd, L. M. 1999. Detection and transmission of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis of corn. Ms Thesis, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.