Journal of Plant Physiology & Pathology ISSN: 2329-955X

Research Article, J Plant Physiol Pathol Vol: 5 Issue: 1

First Report of Leaf Blight of Bakul (Mimusops Elengi Linn) Caused by Pestalotiopsis Clavispora (G.F. Atk.) Steyaert in India

Lokesh S1, Vinay B Raghavendra2*, Nagesh KS3 and Govindappa M4
1Department of Studies in Biotechnology, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Mysore- 570 006, Karnataka, India
2P.G. Department of Biotechnology, Teresian College, Mysore-570011, India
3Department of Studies in Botany, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Mysore- 570 006, Karnataka, India
4Department of Biotechnology, Shridevi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sira Road, Tumkur-572 106, Karnataka, India
Corresponding author : Vinay B. Raghavendra, P.G.
Department of Biotechnology, Teresian College, Mysore-570011, India
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Received: December 05, 2016 Accepted: January 09, 2017 Published: January 14, 2017
Citation: Lokesh S, Raghavendra VB, Nagesh KS, Govindappa M (2017) First Report of Leaf Blight of Bakul (Mimusops Elengi Linn) Caused by Pestalotiopsis Clavispora (G.F. Atk.) Steyaert in India. J Plant Physiol Pathol 5:1. doi: 10.4172/2329-955X.1000160

Abstract

First Report of Leaf Blight of Bakul (Mimusops Elengi Linn) Caused by Pestalotiopsis Clavispora (G.F. Atk.) Steyaert in India

Pestalotiopsis clavispora (G.F. Atk.) Steyaert was recorded for the first time on Mimusops elengi trees in the University of Mysore campus during 2015-2016. The fungus was isolated from the wilted plant parts and subsequent re-inoculation of the same to healthy plants and its pathogenicity confirmed. Pathogenicity tests showed that Pestalotiopsis clavispora could infect M. elengi, which developed the same symptoms under artificial inoculation conditions to that observed in the field. The fungus was identified based on morphological and culture characteristics as Pestalotiopsis clavispora. Identifications were confirmed using comparisons of DNA sequences of internal transcribed spacers (ITS) regions 1 and 4. This is the first report of Mimusops elengi leaf blight disease caused by P. clavispora.

Keywords: Leaf blight; Pestalotiopsis clavispora; Spanish cherry

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