New pathogen threatens fennel yield in Italy

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  • March 31, 2020
  • Symptoms caused by Ochraceocephala foeniculi on fennel plants

    A new fungal genus and species Ochraceocephala foeniculi causes fennel yield losses of about 20-30% for three different cultivars. It damages the crops with necrotic lesions on the crown, root and stem.
    International research group makes the first step in handling the new fennel disease by publishing their paper in the open-access journal Mycokeys.

    New fungus found to cause cankers and declines in pistachio trees in Sicily, Italy

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  • September 19, 2018
  • Starting in the spring of 2010, farmers from Sicily – the major pistachio production area of Italy – have been reporting a previously unknown disease on the trees. Characterised by cankers and declines, it sometimes leads to the collapse of the entire plant. When the research team led by Salvatore Vitale, Centro di Ricerca Difesa e […]