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Subject: Pestalotiopsis neglecta causes chlorotic spot of maize
Publicada: September 14, 2001
Source: British Society of Plant Pathology
Accroding to New Disease Reports (Volume 3: Feb-Jul 2001) of the British Society of Plant Pathology, researchers of the Danish Government Institute of Seed Pathology for Developing Countries showed for the first time that Pestalotiopsis neglecta, a fungus hitherto only known to cause leaf spots on kiwi, can also cause chlorotic spot of Maize. This disease, which leads to severe chlorosis and growth reduction in affected plants, was first discovered in 1999 in maize fields in Cameroon. The fungus was not only isolated from leave spots, but also from maize seeds. Further studies are being conducted to examine its effects on yield, seed to plant transmission and other sources of infection. For more information see also http://www.bspp.org.uk/ndr/jul2001/2001-17.htm

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