SUMMARY: Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands was first isolated from cinnamon trees in Sumatra in The pathogen is believed to have originated near Papua New Guinea but now has a worldwide distribution. The incidence and distribution of Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands on macadamia in Kenya. Article (PDF Available) · January with Reads. J.N. Mbaka. Phytophthora root rot. Phytophthora cinnamomi. Penn State Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Archives. Phytophthora root rot.


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Oospores are hyaline to yellow, and plerotic. The culture morphology is characterized by a coralloid-type mycelium with prolific hyphal swellings, swollen phytophthora cinnamomi rands, and terminal or lateral clustered protuberances.

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This organism is readily identified by its colony morphology 4. Grand Disease Cycle and Epidemiology: Chlamydospores, the survival spores of P.

Host amino acids and root phytophthora cinnamomi rands trigger chlamydospore germination; germination occurs optimally at a soil water matric potential between -5 and phytophthora cinnamomi rands 1,6.

Under optimal water and temperature conditions, chlamydospores germinate to produce sporangia, which release infectious zoospores 2. High water tables and excess irrigation provide suitable conditions for increased zoospore inoculum levels and subsequent root infections. Thus, excessive soil water increases the incidence and severity of disease 4.

Zoospores are most readily released in soil water matric potentials higher than -5 mbar, or free-standing water.

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Hence, disease is not as common in sandy well-drained soils 2. Unlike healthy plants, those infected with P.


Excessive use of nitrogen-based fertilizers further increases susceptibility to disease due to the increased uptake of water phytophthora cinnamomi rands the soil matrix 4. Dispersal occurs via multiple avenues: Root infected rhododendrons and azaleas and tree saplings develop above ground leaf chlorosis, necrosis, wilt, leaf curl, phytophthora cinnamomi rands death.

Stem necrosis may not occur for many weeks after the development of wilting symptoms. Within a few days, hyphae ramify throughout the tissues of susceptible plants, forming sporangia on the plant surface and rapidly amplifying the disease inoculum.

Over the last years, molecular analyses have clarified details of the phylogeny of P. New methods have been developed for P.

Long-term studies of diseased sites, particular those in southern Australia, have produced a better understanding of the epidemiology of P. Protocols phytophthora cinnamomi rands prevent the disease from entering gardens include sourcing plants from non-dieback infested areas not phytophthora cinnamomi rands bushlandusing sterilised potting mixes, and using only mulch that has been properly composted.

Transplanting established plants from one garden to another can also spread the disease. Propagating from seed and cuttings is less likely to transmit the disease because there is no soil transported with stock. Hygienic practices prevent the spread of the disease in contaminated phytophthora cinnamomi rands mix, plant material and water sources.

Other preventative measures include raised benches, regular testing for phytophthora dieback, and the placing of new stock in quarantine. Plants typically die from phytophthora dieback at the end of summer when the plants are under the most stress.

For this reason phytophthora dieback can phytophthora cinnamomi rands be confused with symptoms of drought.


Phytophthora dieback will affect a range of different susceptible plants, but will not affect resistant plant species.