EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2005 Num. article: 2005/035

Phymatotrichopsis omnivora is present in Venezuela

In Venezuela, the presence of Phymatotrichopsis omnivora (EPPO A1 list) was reported in spring 2000, in the coastal area of Aragua state on peach trees (Prunus persica). Later in the year, further outbreaks were reported in the south of Mérida state on various crops (Passiflora edulis, Theobroma cacao, Persea americana, Matisia cordata, Coffea arabica, Xanthosoma sagittifolium, Manihot esculenta, Musa, Rosa, Inga). In 2002, P. omnivora was found in other localities in Aragua state causing significant damage to Carica papaya, Mangifera indica, Lycopersicon esculentum, Cucumis sativa and Cucurbita maxima. Symptoms are characterized by leaf yellowing followed by quick decline and death of the plants. These observations confirm an earlier record which was based on a specimen detained in a herbarium (CABI map no. 15, 1990). The situation of Phymatotrichopsis omnivora in Venezuela can be described as follows: Present, confirmed in 2000 in two states (Aragua, Mérida).


Phymatotrichopsis root rot by Dr AM Colmenares