Phanerochaete salmonicolor

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Phanerochaete salmonicolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Basidiomycetes
Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
Order: Polyporales
Family: Corticiaceae
Genus: Phanerochaete
Species: P. salmonicolor
Binomial name
Phanerochaete salmonicolor
(Berk. & Broome) Jülich, (1975)

Aleurodiscus javanicus
Botryobasidium salmonicolor
Corticium javanicum
Corticium salmonicolor
Corticium zimmermannii
Erythricium salmonicolor
Necator decretus
Pellicularia salmonicolor
Terana salmonicolor

Phanerochaete salmonicolor is a fungal plant pathogen disease which has become a serious problem, especially in Brazil.[1] P. salmonicolor is a member of the Corticiaceae family, which is a paraphyletic group classified based on their basidiocarps.[2] This pathogen causes Pink Disease, most commonly in citrus, although P. salmonicolor has a wide host range including rubber and cacao trees. Pink Disease causes branch and stem die-back due to canker formation. The cankers are recognizable by gum exudation and longitudinal splitting of the bark.[2]

Hosts and Symptoms[edit]

Phanerochaete salmonicolor has a very broad host range. The host plants of greatest importance include rubber, tea, coffee, cocoa, grapefruit, orange, nutmeg, mango, apple, coca, and kola. Pink Disease can cause heavy losses including individual branch death to the loss of the whole tree in cases where the main stem or several branches are affected. P. salmonicolor causes girdling cankers which prevent the normal function of some physiological processes, eventually leading to defoliation and die-back of outer branches. Symptoms include cobwebby, pink to salmon encrustation, creamy pustules and orange fruiting bodies.[3] On rubber trees, initial stages of infection appear as drops of latex and silky-white mycelial growth on the bark surface. In pepper plants, sterile pink to white pustules approximately 1 mm in diameter appear on young green stems. In citrus trees, sterile pustules may appear first, and in some cases the trees may have oozing sap or gum. In cacao trees, first symptoms of infection usually present as a sparse white mycelium on the bark surface, which can be easily overlooked.[4] Trees are most susceptible in areas with high levels of rainfall, such as tropical rainforests. Diagnosis of Pink Disease is typically achieved through the use of light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy to observe sporulation of the pathogen.[5]

Management and Control[edit]

Management of P. salmonicolor and Pink Disease can be very difficult given its wide host range, making cross-infection a concern. Cultural control can be implemented by pruning frequently and burning any infected branches removed. This is effective when the disease can be recognized in the earliest stages, but it is most effective when performed concurrently with fungicide application.[4] The encrustation and conidial pustules are able to remain functional for a period of time after the infected branches have been removed from the tree. Fungicide use varies among countries affected by the disease. In India, pre- and post-monsoon application of fungicides directly on the trunk and branches of cocoa or rubber trees effectively prevented the disease, while application of a sulphur-lime slurry to tea shrubs worked best in Kalimantan in Borneo, and Validamycin A was found to be the most effective means of control on rubber trees in Vietnam. The use of fungicides prevents the basidiospores from germinating and causing infection.[4]


Phanerochaete salmonicolor is of particular importance in areas such as Columbia, China, or Thailand that rely on the export of globally important crops like coffee, tea, or rubber respectively. In cocoa, there have been reported losses of 80% or more in Western Samoa.[6] Young trees are particularly affected by the disease, as Pink Disease typically does not kill mature trees it infects. in citrus trees in Brazil, P. salmonicolor has been shown to be responsible for reduction of citrus production by up to 10%.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Sebastianes, Fernanda Luiza de Souza; Maki, Cristina Sayuri; Andreote, Fernando Dini; Araújo, Welington Luiz; Pizzirani-Kleiner, Aline Aparecida. "Genetic variability and vegetative compatibility of Erythricium salmonicolor isolates". Scientia Agricola. 64 (2): 162–168. ISSN 0103-9016. doi:10.1590/S0103-90162007000200009. 
  2. ^ a b Roux, J.; Coetzee, M. P. A. "First Report of Pink Disease on Native Trees in South Africa and Phylogenetic Placement of Erythricium salmonicolor in the Homobasidiomycetes". Plant Disease. 89 (11): 1158–1163. doi:10.1094/pd-89-1158. 
  3. ^ Akrofi, Andrews Y Akrofi, Amoako-Atta I, Assuah M and Kumi-Asare (2014). "Pink Disease Caused by Erythricium salmonicolor (Berk. & Broome)Burdsall: An Epidemiological Assessment of its Potential Effect on Cocoa Production in Ghana". Journal of Plant Pathology & Microbiology – via Web. 
  4. ^ a b c "pink disease (Erythricium salmonicolor)". Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  5. ^ Moraes, Sylvia R. G.; Furtado, Gleiber Q.; Scaloppi, Érika A. G.; Barreto, Modesto; Júnior, Massola; Sidnei, Nelson (2006-10-01). "Sporulation of both Erythricium salmonicolor and its anamorphic stage Necator decretus, causal agent of citrus pink disease in Brazil". Fitopatologia Brasileira. 31 (5): 519–519. ISSN 0100-4158. doi:10.1590/S0100-41582006000500016. 
  6. ^ Ritchie, Babs (2014). ""Pink Disease"" (PDF). CAB International. Retrieved Oct. 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)