Plant Disease (2009) 93, p. 1079 (Smith et al.)

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J.A. Smith, T.J. Dreaden, A.E. Mayfield III, A. Boone, S.W. Fraedrich and C. Bates (2009)
First report of laurel wilt disease caused by Raffaelea lauricola on sassafras in Florida and South Carolina
Plant Disease 93 (10), 1079-1079
Abstract: During 2005, sassafras trees (Sassafras albidum) growing in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida, U.S.A. were observed with symptoms of wilted shoots (retaining wilted foliage), branch dieback, and tree death. The fungus Raffaelea lauricola (the cause of laurel wilt disease in the region) was isolated from the diseased plants. The identification was based on morphological characteristics, PCR analysis and sequencing. Pathogenicity of the isolates was demonstrated by inoculation and re-isolation.
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Database assignments for author(s): Stephen W. Fraedrich

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


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Raffaelea lauricola Sassafras (crop) U.S.A. (SE)