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EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 1997 Num. article: 1997/72

First report of Erwinia chrysanthemi in Syria

In Syria, in 1993, a serious disease of Dieffenbachia maculata was observed in several greenhouses in Al Bab, in the province of Aleppo. Affected plants showed typical soft rot symptoms at the crown and/or cutting wound level, and rapidly wilted. The causal agent of the disease has been identified as Erwinia chrysanthemi (EPPO A2 quarantine pest). This the first report of this bacterium in Syria.


Balestra, G.M.; Impiglia, A. (1996) Occurrence of Erwinia chrysanthemi on Dieffenbachia maculata in Syria.
Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 35(2), 127-128.