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Branch cankers and stem-end rot are two of the most important threats to avocado production. During the autumn of 2013, sampling was conducted in the main avocado growing area in eastern Sicily to study the occurrence and establish the causal agents of branch canker and stem-end rot. A total of 94 fungal isolates, recovered from four avocado orchards, were(More)
Pith necrosis is a common disease of tomato in Europe, mainly caused by Pseudomonas corrugata and other soil-borne species of Pseudomonas. During 2011–2012 a survey was conducted in soil-grown tomato crops in southeastern Sicily (Italy). Plants showed pith necrosis, brown discolouration of the vascular tissues, leaf chlorosis and sometimes wilting of(More)
The objective of this research was to evaluate Trichoderma harzianum strain T22 as a biocontrol agent of collar and root rot caused by different Calonectria pauciramosa isolates. Thus, the microsclerotia-forming ability and virulence of twenty C. pauciramosa isolates were assessed. Microsclerotia production varied partially among the isolates and dual(More)
During surveys conducted in 2010–2013, a complete breakage or bending of the trunk and a dry basal stem rot were observed on containerised Brahea armata, B. edulis, Howea forsteriana and Trachycarpus princeps plants in different nurseries located in eastern Sicily (southern Italy). A cylindrocarpon-like species was consistently obtained from diseased palm(More)
In recent years, watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) has been subjected to significant losses due to vine decline in Sicily (southern Italy). During a survey conducted in 2009, the predominant fungal species associated with root rot and vine decline were Rhizoctonia spp. The most isolates were characterized as binucleate Rhizoctonia AG-F through morphological(More)
Xanthomonas perforans causes bacterial spot of tomato and pepper. A genome draft of an unusual isolate (strain 4P1S2), differing in that it was associated with stem pith necrosis, was assembled from Illumina MiSeq sequencing data using the draft of X. perforans strain 91-118 as a reference. The resulting draft (accession number JRWW00000000) largely(More)
During 2015, a new basal rot disease was observed on potted plants of Strelitzia reginae in an ornamental nursery located in eastern Sicily. Isolations from symptomatic parts of these diseased plants consistently yielded cylindrocarpon-like isolates. Multigene analyses of the partial gene regions of 28S large subunit nrDNA, β-tubulin, histone H3,(More)
During surveys conducted in 2010–2012 Rhizoctonia symptoms were observed on 30 ornamental species in different nurseries located in eastern Sicily (Southern Italy). Eighty-eight isolates of Rhizoctonia spp. were obtained from symptomatic leaves, roots and stems. Fifty-six of the isolates were binucleate and 32 were multinucleate Rhizoctonia.(More)
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