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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The age of the cocoa tissue at inoculation also influences infection. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Investigations on integrated control of witches’ broom disease of cocoa in Rondonia state, Brazil.

All the branches, foliage and brooms should be cut up, making a compact layer of organic matter that will be quickly covered with fallen leaves and decompose rapidly. Other strategies for control are chemical control, genetic resistance and biological control.

Seeds are present, although their cotyledons are usually watery. These factors also affect longevity and spore productivity of basidiomata, with most of them releasing spores over days if conditions remain ideal, giving a total production of about 2. Many cocoa breeders have noted that not all trees in germplasm collections from wild cocoa populations are equally susceptible, and in earlier work advised the selection of the best bearing trees criniipellis than those which appeared less susceptible, as the disease was considered controllable.

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Sanitation is most effective where it is routinely peniciosa every year, so that numbers of second-year brooms are kept to a minimum. Moniliophthora perniciosa Scientific classification Kingdom: 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.

Tropical Pest Management, 34 3: 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 cginipellis clones, such as ICS 95, showed considerable resistance expressed as fewer developed brooms.


A Report on Cocoa Research Title Stem swelling and leaf necrosis. Research has shown that careful broom removal reduces disease incidence dramatically in some, but not all, situations.

Compounds have also been proposed for use as antisporulants to be sprayed on to brooms, whether on the tree or the ground e. Infection is also influenced by environmental factors of which the most important appears to be water films on susceptible tissues.

Run Zhang 1 and Dr. It is possible that the disease can be transmitted by seed, if a seed with a non-lethal infection is planted, giving rise to a diseased seedling, from which basidiomata can be produced once the infected tissue becomes necrotic.

Cocoa Producers’ Alliance, Primeira ocorrOncia de vassoura-de-bruxa na principal regiao produtora de cacau do Brasil. Introduction will only occur through the movement of diseased cocoa material which is then able to produce basidiomata sufficiently close to a cocoa-growing area to allow infection. They are sent to a computer by website operators or third parties. Pleomorphism in Crinipellis perniciosa, causal agent of witches’ broom disease of cocoa.

At this time, most of the diseased tissues are necrotic and easier to distinguish. Outbreaks and new records. Chemical Control The use of chemicals for the control witches’ broom disease has shown theoretical promise which does not bring success in practice. No other cookies than the ones mentioned above are used on our websites. Transactions of the British Mycological Society, 74 3: The time taken for symptoms to appear can vary considerably weeksbut is usually about weeks. Witches’ broom disease of cocoa a review.

Total productivity on vegetative brooms varies from about 5 to over basidiomata per broom. Healthy seeds and seeds with non-lethal infections can be found in fruit with localized lesions, that often occur at the limit of the susceptible stage of fruit development at weeks old.


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The wetting and drying of brooms are the most important environmental factors. Crinpiellis LC; de Andebrhan T, Open the calendar popup. It has not yet been grown on artificial media but mycelium of similar appearance has been obtained by pegniciosa cocoa callus with basidiospores.

Host-Plant Resistance It is widely recognized that criniplelis in long-term control of witches’ broom can best be achieved by the use of resistant cocoa planting material, and the development of such material is urgently required.

New Zealand Journal of Botany. Witches’ broom disease of cocoa Crinipellis perniciosa in Ecuador II. Netherlands Journal of Plant Pathology.

Title Sections of diseased pods. Urucu Bixa orellanaa new host of witches’ broom Crinipellis perniciosa of cocoa. Simple search Basic search Advanced search Search type specimens Search thesaurus Search bibliography.

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In isolated plantings, especially in low-risk areas, it would be possible to maintain disease at insignificant levels provided sanitation is started early, and practised conscientiously every year. This fungus is hemibiotrophwith two characteristic phases: Title Vegetative broom – line drawing. Fungal tree pathogens and diseases Cacao diseases Marasmiaceae Fungi described crinilellis The information is depersonalized and is displayed as numbers, meaning it cannot be traced back to individuals.

There are changes in the fungal mycelium associated with the death of the broom tissue. The infected areas may remain as swellings as the rest of the fruit dies.

Phytosanitation must be correctly timed, and the choice of times can be determined using epidemiological studies which show the duration and the timing of the climatic and disease cycles.

Pairwise sequence alignments Polyphasic identifications.

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