EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2012 Num. article: 2012/058

First report of Cylindrocladium buxicola in Georgia

In November 2010, symptoms of dark brown spots on leaves, narrow blackish streaks on the stems and defoliation were observed on Buxus colchica (box) in the Mtirala National Park (near Kobuleti, region of Adjara) which is located in the southwest part of Georgia. In the affected area, severe blight symptoms were observed on 70% of the B. colchica plants. B. colchica is a relict species of the Black Sea coast of Georgia, and its main growing area is located in this National Park. The causal agent of the disease was identified as Cylindrocladium buxicola (formerly EPPO Alert List). This is the first time that C. buxicola is reported in Georgia.


Gorgiladze L, Meparishvili G, Sikharulidze Z, Natsarishvili K, Davitadze R (2011) First report of box blight caused by Cylindrocladium buxicola in Georgia. New Disease Reports 23, 24. http://dx.doi.org/10.5197/j.2044-0588.2011.023.024