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Distribution, ecology and host range of Armillaria species in Albania

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Species of Armillaria were identified from 645 isolates obtained in a nation-wide survey in Albania. The material was collected from ca. 250 permanent plots, established for monitoring forest health, and from forests and orchards attacked by Armillaria. Armillaria mellea s.s. occurred on several coniferous and broadleaved trees in most areas examined, although it was absent above 1100–1200 m in northern Albania. This species damaged Abies and Quercus spp. and, to a lesser extent, other forest trees. Armillaria mellea was also commonly recorded causing damage in orchards and vineyards. Armillaria gallica was a common saprophyte or weak pathogen in coniferous and deciduous forests at altitudes from 600 to 1600 m, and less commonly on oaks at lower altitudes. Armillaria ostoyae was rare in central and southern Albania, but common in northern Albania, causing significant damage to pine and other conifers, mostly at altitudes from 600 to 1800 m. Armillaria cepistipes was recorded at altitudes from 800 to 1800 m as a saprophyte or weak pathogen on conifers and deciduous trees, mostly in beech and silver fir forests. Armillaria tabescens was found in oak forests at altitudes from sea level to 900 m. In orchards, A. tabescens occasionally attacked almond and pear trees. Armillaria borealis was found in a few locations in northern Albania, at altitudes from 800 to 1800 m.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Scotland, UK 2: Department of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia 3: Istituto per la Patologia degli Alberi Forestali del Consiglio Nationale delle Ricerche, Italia

Publication date: 01 December 2010

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