(A.J.L. Phillips, A. Alves & J. Luque) (2004)
Bot canker of oak is a disease on stems, branches and twigs of oak trees in Europe and North America. The casual agent of Bot canker of oak is the fungus Botryosphaeria corticola . Bot canker of oak causes lesions and cankers on a wide range of oaks in Europe and most recently live oaks in North America. Some infections were formerly attributed to Botryosphaeria stevensii , but most likely represent infections by Botryosphaeria corticola . Botryosphaeria corticola is distinguishable from Botryosphaeria stevensii via ITS rDNA sequencing.
Botryosphaeria corticola has caused infection of oak trees in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Italy, Greece, Hungary, and the United States. Bot canker of oak kills trees in natural forests as well as in cork plantations. The cork industry in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Morocco has been dealing with declining oaks for several years from biotic and abiotic factors. This disease has been seen in many cork plantations and is the most important contributor to the decline in the cork industry. When cork is harvested from the trees, the cork cambium is exposed creating a wound for the fungus to enter the trunk, and cause disease. Infection of other oaks is most likely through wounds, also. These wounds may be natural wounds, but there is evidence insect damage is involved, especially in coast live oak in California. Botryosphaeria corticola infects the twigs, branches and stems of oaks and degrades the cambial tissues. With the degradation of vascular tissues the trees display wilting and dieback symptoms.
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Botryosphaeria corticola can be managed in high value trees, but there is no current management for forest trees. Carbendazim and thiophanate-methyl have shown to prevent infection in cork oak in Europe, where it is applied after cork has been harvested. Sanitation is the most common management technique for this disease. Branches with diseased tissue are pruned off, and heavily infected trees are removed. This prevents future infections by limiting the amount of spores in the area.
Botryosphaeria corticola (Diplodia corticola) is a ascomycete fungus. It has both sexual ( Diplodia corticola ) and asexual ( Botryosphaeria corticola ) stages occurring naturally.
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