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Sarcodontia pachyodon: a Canker and White-rot Agent of Plane-trees

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Some lignivorous hymenomycete fungi are capable of causing both cankers and decay in stemwood of adult trees. Recently in Tuscany (Italy), Platanus x acerifolia trees were found colonized by Sarcodontia pachydon (Polyporales, Meruliaceae), a fungus associated with white rot and stem cankers on different host tree species. Because the relationship S. pachyodon-plane-tree was only preliminary studied, we decided to investigate whether isolates obtained from this host are distinct from those commonly collected from oaks. For this purpose, isolates obtained from plane-tree and from holm oak (Quercus ilex) were compared by in vitro test and molecular markers. Results showed that fungal isolates did not differ in growth nor in wood degradation, also molecular tests revealed relative similarity among fungal samples.

Keywords: Platanusx acerifolia; Polyporaceae; Quercus ilex; canker decay; canker rot; white-rot fungi

Document Type: Short Communication


Affiliations: 1: Authors’ addresses: Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Agrarie, Sezione Protezione delle Piante, Universit√† degli Studi, P. le delle Cascine 28, 50144 Firenze, Italy 2: Istituto per la Protezione delle Piante, CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy (correspondence to A. Santini. ), Email:

Publication date: 2011-02-01

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