Dual-state fungus highlighted as a disease issue by FERA

A fungus that exists in two different states is likely to contribute to a number of bush and vine fruit diseases, Food & Environment Research Agency plant pathologist Dr Charles Lane told Fruit for the Future (18 July).

But establishing how the fungus - Diaporthe in its sexual state and Phomopsis in its asexual state - behaves and developing treatment is proving challenging.

"We consistently found the fungus in cases of blackcurrrant dieback, but the epidemiology isn't understood," he said. "Disease management strategies need to be developed here."

Similarly, blueberry dieback causes "antler-like" damage on bushes, he said. "Phomopsis is the most widely found pathogen, but that doesn't prove its pathogenicity. We aren't convinced there is a single cause."


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