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MOLECULAR IDENTIFICATION OF FOMITIPORIA MEDITERRANEA ON DECLINING AND DECAYED HAZELNUT
TLDR
Slow decline was observed in five mature and unmanaged hazelnut orchards in central Italy, and declining trees showed sparse crowns with chlorotic leaves and dead branches, and the hymenomycetes Coniophora puteana, a known agent of wood decay, was found in the decayed wood of one declining tree.
Development of Real-Time PCR for in wood-detection of Ceratocystis platani, the agent of canker stain of Platanus spp.
TLDR
Highly effective Real-Time PCR methods based on the use of an intercalating dye, EvaGreen, and on a Taqman probe are developed that did not yield any detection signal when applied to non-target fungal taxa colonizers of Platanus wood.
In vitro thermotherapy and shoot-tip culture to eliminate Caper latent virus in Capparis spinosa.
TLDR
This is the first report on eliminating CapLV from caper plants and 89–93% of the regenerated plantlets were CapLV-free when tested by RT-PCR.
Outcome of Ceratocystis platani inoculations in Platanus × acerifolia in relation to season and inoculum dose
TLDR
Results of testing different inoculum doses and inoculation times on the response of susceptible plane genotypes suggest that, in the context of legal sanitary measures, only the coldest and driest periods of the year should be considered for pruning and the removal of infected trees.
Phytophthora cinnamon causing stem canker and root rot of nursery-grown Platanus × acerifolia: first report in the Northern emisphere.
TLDR
Morphological and ITS-region-based analyses identified Phytophthora cinnamomi as the causal agent of the disease here defined as: stem canker and root rot of plane tree.
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