Occurrence of Phytophthora species in oak stands in Italy and their association with declining oak trees

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Journal Article


Forest Pathology, Blackwell Science Ltd., Volume 32, Number 1, p.19–28 (2002)




Soil-borne species of Phytophthora were isolated from 19 of 30 examined oak forest areas in Italy. The frequency of isolated Phytophthora spp. (35.2%) was significantly correlated with soil pH and longitude of the sites. Eleven Phytophthora species were detected. Phytophthora cambivora, P. cinnamomi and P. cactorum were recovered from sites in central and southern Italy whereas P. quercina was isolated in the northern and central part of the country. Phytophthora citricola occurred all over Italy. Phytophthora quercina was the only species significantly associated with declining oak trees.


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