Studies in Mycology (2006) 55, 279-288

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Wolfgang Maier, Thembi Khoza, Neil Harmse, Brenda D. Wingfield and Michael J. Wingfield (2006)
A disease epidemic on Zizyphus mucronata in the Kruger National Park caused by Coniodictyum chevalieri
Studies in Mycology 55, 279-288
Abstract: This study records a severe outbreak of a disease on Zizyphus mucronata (Rhamnaceae) in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. The causal agent of the disease was found to be Coniodictyum chevalieri, a fungus previously believed to be very rare. Detailed illustrations of the symptoms and fungus are presented in order to facilitate future studies. The known geographical distribution of Coniodictyum is presented in relation to the distribution of its host, and a short review of its systematic history is also given. This also treats an invalidly published species name in South Africa, which has confused the literature. A DNA-based phylogeny is presented for the pathogen and this reflects the unique nature of its geographical distribution and biology.
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Coniodictyum chevalieri Jujube (Ziziphus) South Africa