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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If those reservations were dealt with satisfactorily, applications would have to be timed slightly earlier than foliar sprays, to allow time for the chemical to be translocated to growing apices. More information about modern web browsers can be found at http: The peeniciosa of a hyperparasitic fungus, Cladobotryum amazonense, on basidiomata of M.

Moniliophthora perniciosa – Wikipedia

Hyphae with clamp connections. It is replaced each time there is a query done. Tropical Pest Management, 34 3: Culture pefniciosa of certain antagonistic fungi have been shown to have inhibitory activity against basidiospore germination and saprophytic growth of M.

Fungal hyphae are to be found inside cells, and the broom becomes extensively colonized by a mycelium with binucleate cells which appears to develop following anastomosis between adjacent cells of uninucleate hyphae.

Early results are encouraging, and indicate that about years are required for the two recommended rehabilitation pruning methods.

Moniliophthora perniciosa (witches’ broom disease of cacao)

Each method or combination of methods needs to be appraised in terms of cost and benefit, and against a background of fluctuating cocoa prices this presents other problems. Healthy seeds and seeds with non-lethal infections can be found in fruit with localized lesions, that often occur at pernicoisa limit of the susceptible stage of fruit development at weeks old.

One strategy is phytosanitation, which is the removal and destruction crinipelois diseased plant parts. The wetting and drying of brooms are the most important environmental factors. However, inoculation of a hardened flush immediately beneath the growing tip can cause a slight swelling, leading to the formation of a canker.


Plant Pathology, 37 4: Investigation of the breeding biology of these various biotypes found that those causing disease symptoms C,S are non-outcrossing primary homothallicwherein a single uninucleate basidiospore is capable of completing its life cycle. Discharged basidiospores germinated and were infectious to pre-germinated cocoa seeds causing hypocotyl hypertrophy plus root and shoot reduction Almeida et al.

Where witches’ broom is present, application in single plantations cdinipellis not be successful due to the risks from background disease pressure. Tropical Pest Management, 32 1: Correct timing is essential if treatments are to be effective.

This swelling usually dies, forming a canker and the bark may dry and crack open. Several species of Trichoderma have been isolated from cacao and is one of the most often used biofungicides. This saprotrophic mycelium can be readily isolated on agar media and produces degradative enzymes pfrniciosa vitro, but it cannot infect cocoa Rudgard et al. Infection is also influenced by environmental factors of which the most pernicioosa appears to be water films on susceptible tissues.

Maddison AC; Mogrovejo E, Retrieved from ” https: Knowledge of the activity of each infection court would be fundamental crinipel,is the correct use of fungicides. The possibility of long-distance spread km of basidiospores is known from work in Ecuador using seedlings as trap plants, and infection gradients have been established using susceptible cocoa seedlings placed up to m from crinlpellis isolated inoculum source.

A monographic study of the genera Crinipellis and Chaetocalathus.

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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. Prediction of any reductions in pod losses is more difficult for a sanitized field of cocoa surrounded by continuous plantations where brooms are not removed. Distribution Table Top of page The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. Contact our curators Dr.


However, when apparently resistant crinnipellis of Scavina 6 were sent to Ecuador they became severely infected, probably because they encountered a more aggressive strain of M. The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. The practice is recommended if annual sanitation has lapsed for more than one year, because older brooms on the ground could produce basidiomata within a few days of rainy conditions if not removed.

Brooms usually remain green for a relatively short period. Biological Control Within cocoa plantations there is a natural biological control of M. Less than 4 hours or more than 20 hours is inhibitory. 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.

All treatments generate considerable quantities of infected material pruned onto the ground within the plantation, and much of this is capable of producing basidiomata. Plant Pathology, 58 4: Epidemiological data can provide information on the period of highest risk to pods in terms of the presence of basidiomata, and also the periods with the greatest numbers of susceptible pods. Check date values in: The rehabilitation of old or heavily diseased plantings where cocoa has exceeded 5 m in height involves the application of treatments to increase the cocoa production of low-yielding trees.

Obligate or homotypic synonyms: Nevertheless, positive relationships have been established frequently between fruit disease incidence and such factors as the numbers of young fruit infection courtsbasidiomata and appropriately timed wetness periods that occurred 12 weeks earlier.