First reports of Cylindrocladium buxicola in the USA and Canada
In October 2011, APHIS confirmed the first detection of Cylindrocladium buxicola* (formerly EPPO Alert List) in the USA. Box blight was first detected in North Carolina (Surry county) and subsequently in Connecticut (Middlesex county) and Virginia (Carroll county). Shortly after this first record, C. buxicola was found in the following US states: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. C. buxicola has been detected on box plants in parks and gardens, garden centres and nurseries.
In January 2012, the presence of the fungus was also reported in one nursery in British Columbia, Canada. These are the first confirmed reports of C. buxicola in North America.
* Cylindrocladium buxicola is considered to be a synonym of Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum. Molecular evidence has also placed C. pseudonaviculatum in the teleomorph genus Calonectria, however Calonectria pseudonaviculata has never been observed in the field causing a disease.
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