Biochemical changes during the development of witches’ broom: the most important disease of cocoa in Brazil caused by Crinipellis perniciosa. Scarpari LM(1). Crinipellis perniciosa is the cause of witches’ broom disease of cocoa, a serious problem in South America. The aim of the project was to develop a measure of. Pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was used to determine the genome size and characterize karyotypic differences in isolates of the cacao biotype of.

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One strategy is phytosanitation, which is the removal and destruction of diseased plant parts. This will help to protect your privacy. Young flushes, particularly the developing buds, are most susceptible. A new pathotype of Crinipellis perniciosa witches’ broom disease on solanaceous hosts. Rehabilitation of a witches’ broom-infected plantation also needs to be associated with a commitment to regular maintenance and regular sanitation pruning to maintain any improvement in yield.

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However, when apparently resistant selections of Scavina 6 were sent to Ecuador they became severely infected, probably because they encountered a more aggressive strain of M.

For the primary removal, a number of criteria for selection of the correct time can be specified. Yields in Ecuador, Trinidad and Venezuela could probably be greatly improved with better disease management Rudgard et al. Title Distorted fruits Caption Chirimoias bottom: However, in this further programme using yielding ability as the main criterion in a situation of high pathogen pressure, there was also a bias towards witches’ broom resistance and some clones, such as ICS 95, showed considerable resistance expressed as fewer developed brooms.

Stipe white, except at the thickened sub-bulbous base, which is a light citron-yellow, but later becoming yellow to white above and dark brown to brown-red below; almost naked but white pubescent from mycelium at the base, x 0.

Crinipellis perniciosa

It is known that percentage crinipelli is reduced with decreasing inoculum dose. At this time, most of the diseased tissues are necrotic and easier to distinguish.

Basidiomata do not form on brooms which have recently dried; there is usually a dormant induction period of at least 4 months before they are produced, even if the brooms are transferred to favourable regimes of wetting and drying. Other fungal links Bibliography links General links Molecular links Specimens and strains links. Essentially it depends on the long induction period for basidiomata to develop on brooms which means that the latent period can be several months.


Chlorophylls a and b were lower throughout the development of the disease while carotenoids and xanthophylls dropped in the infected tissue by the time of symptom development. Recuperatao de plantatoes de cacau com alta incidOncia de vassoura-de-bruxa na Amazonia Brasileira. More Spanish version Dr. Investigations on integrated control of witches’ broom disease of cocoa in Rondonia state, Brazil. Discharged basidiospores germinated and were infectious to pre-germinated cocoa seeds causing hypocotyl hypertrophy plus root and shoot reduction Almeida et al.

Several species of Trichoderma have been isolated from cacao and is one of the most often used biofungicides. The susceptibility of fruit also changes with time.

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The L-biotype, in contrast to its relatives exhibits a bifactorial outcrossing mechanism. Infection is also influenced by environmental factors of which the most important appears to be water films on susceptible tissues. The most important consideration is the phenology of the recuperating trees and the microclimate to which the regenerating trees will be exposed. Witches’ broom disease of cacao Marasmius perniciosus Stahel. Laker HA; Ram A, Four discrete biotypes have been recognized, each with different pathogenicities; those associated with cocoa and related hosts C-biotype ; species of Solanum S-biotype ; Bixa B-biotype ; and the liana biotype L-biotype Griffith and Hedger, These cookies allow us to see information on user website activities including, but not limited to page views, source and crinipelliz spent on a website.

In order to achieve durable resistance to a specific pathogen, extensive knowledge of the genetics of specific host-pathogen interaction is required. External necrosis develops on directly infected mature fruit weeks after penetration by fungus. The second category consists of cocoa that lacks pperniciosa branch structure below m and trees should be pollarded at between 0. Host-Plant Resistance It is widely recognized that improvements in long-term control of witches’ broom can best be achieved by the use of resistant cocoa prniciosa material, and the development of such material is urgently required.


crinpellis A delayed dry season or early onset of rains requires, respectively, a late or an early start in the application of the schedules. Obligate or homotypic synonyms: Hypertrophied fruit infected when young become carrot shaped top. Unfortunately, there are few reliable estimates of losses to witches’ broom over entire regions.

Infection of young cocoa tissue begins when germ-tubes from basidiospores enter through stomata or penetrate directly through the epidermis or trichomes. Transactions of the British Mycological Society, 74 3: Residues are eroded by rain and canopy drip, although some redistribution by splash can occur between pods in the canopy. Description Top of page After Holliday, Witches’ broom disease of cocoa in Rondonia, Brazil: The exact period of susceptibility is difficult to determine because symptom expression necrosis is delayed, but it appears to be about 12 weeks from fruit set, with young pods over 6 cm long seldom being infected.

International witches’ broom project. In cases where the potential production of the existing cocoa is generally low, interplanting with improved seedlings followed by gradual removal of the old trees Turrialba Method might be preferable to rehabilitation. However, accumulated cushion infection and death from witches’ broom can also be a threat to cocoa production.

Such trees should receive a structural pruning to reduce height and improve access to the canopy, followed by a sanitation pruning. First confirmed report of witches’ broom caused by Moniliophthora perniciosa on cacao, Theobroma cacao, in Saint Lucia.

Compounds have also been proposed for use as antisporulants to be sprayed on to brooms, whether on the tree or the ground e. In practice, sanitation entails the pruning of brooms as diseased pods generally contribute little inoculum and can be removed during harvesting.