Australasian Plant Disease Notes (2007) 2, 133-135

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M.J. Ryley, C.A. Bourke, E.C.Y. Liew and B.A. Summerell (2007)
Is Fusarium torulosum the causal agent of kikuyu poisoning in Australia?
Australasian Plant Disease Notes 2 (1), 133-135
Abstract: Fusarium torulosum was isolated consistently from the leaves of kikuyu plants collected from a pasture near Maitland, NSW, on which grazing cattle had been affected by kikuyu poisoning. This fungus is known to produce the toxins wortmannin and butenolide, both of which can produce clinical signs and pathological changes similar to those exhibited by cattle with kikuyu poisoning. The available evidence suggests that F. torulosum might be the casual agent of kikuyu poisoning in Australia.
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Database assignments for author(s): Brett A. Summerell, Malcolm J. Ryley

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution


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Fusarium torulosum Pennisetum (crop) Australia (South+SE)