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Progress in understanding Phytophthora diseases of trees in Europe 2008-2010

Jung, T., Vannini, A. and Brasier, C.M. (2010) Progress in understanding Phytophthora diseases of trees in Europe 2008-2010. In: 5th IUFRO Phytophthora Diseases in Forests and Natural Ecosystems, 7 - 12 March, Auckland and Rotorua, New Zealand.


Much new information produced on Phytophthora diseases of trees in Europe since the 2007 IUFRO meeting will be reviewed. The presentation will include updates on P. alni induced dieback of alders, including first reports of the pathogen from devastated riparian stands in Spain and evidence for the selection of frost resistant strains in P. alni ssp. alni in alpine and continental parts of Germany; advances in understanding deciduous and mediterranean oak declines; dieback of European beech and ink disease of chestnut, including a possibly climatically driven northward migration of P. cinnamomi; and serious new developments in the spread of P. ramorum and P. kernoviae in Europe. Further evidence will be presented for the importance of (i) the international nursery trade as an intercontinental pathway for alien invasive Phytophthora species; (ii) the planting of infested nursery stock as a primary pathway into forests and natural ecosystems. Also covered will be the monitoring of Phytophthora populations in streams; the development of new molecular-based identification tools; the unravelling of the P. citricola complex; and the current status of the remarkable array of new Phytophthora taxa recovered from forest and natural ecosystems in Europe over the past 15 years.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management
School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
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