Plant Pathology (2007) 56, 624-636

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D. Pavlic, B. Slippers, T.A. Coutinho and M.J. Wingfield (2007)
Botryosphaeriaceae occurring on native Syzygium cordatum in South Africa and their potential threat to Eucalyptus
Plant Pathology 56 (4), 624-636
Abstract: Eight species of the Botryosphaeriaceae (canker and dieback pathogens) were identified on native Syzygium cordatum in South Africa, based on anamorph morphology, ITS rDNA sequence data and PCR-RFLP analysis. The species identified were Neofusicoccum parvum, N. ribis, N. luteum, N. australe, N. mangiferae, Botryosphaeria dothidea, Lasiodiplodia gonubiensis and L. theobromae. Their pathogenicity on S. cordatum seedlings and a Eucalyptus grandis × camaldulensis clone was determined in glasshouse inoculation trials. Isolates of all identified species, except one of N. mangiferae, were more pathogenic on the Eucalyptus clone than on S. cordatum. Some of the species that cross-infected these hosts, such as N. ribis, N. parvum and L. theobromae, were amongst the most pathogenic on the Eucalyptus clone, while B. dothidea and L. gonubiensis were the least pathogenic. Results of this study illustrate that species of the Botryosphaeriaceae from native hosts could pose a threat to introduced Eucalyptus spp., and vice versa.
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Database assignments for author(s): Draginja Pavlic, Michael J. Wingfield, Bernard Slippers, Teresa A. Coutinho

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

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Lasiodiplodia theobromae Eugenia/Syzygium (genera) South Africa
Botryosphaeria dothidea Eugenia/Syzygium (genera) South Africa
Neofusicoccum ribis Eugenia/Syzygium (genera) South Africa
Neofusicoccum parvum Eugenia/Syzygium (genera) South Africa
Neofusicoccum luteum Eugenia/Syzygium (genera) South Africa
Neofusicoccum australe Eugenia/Syzygium (genera) South Africa
Neofusicoccum mangiferae Eugenia/Syzygium (genera) South Africa
Lasiodiplodia gonubiensis Eugenia/Syzygium (genera) South Africa