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First report of Corynespora cassiicola on Codiaeum variegatum (croton) in Sri Lanka

Authors:

KE Jayasuriya ,

Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka, Dartonfield, Agalawatta, Sri Lanka, LK
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BI Thennakoon

Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka, Dartonfield, Agalawatta, Sri Lanka, LK
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Abstract

Corynespora cassiicola was a devastating pathogen attributed to heavy leaf fall in susceptible clones of rubber (Hevea brasiliensis), in the mid-eighties in Sri Lanka. It is known to have a wide host range. This is the first report of C. cassiicola as a leaf pathogen of croton, Codiaeum veriegatum, an ornamental plant. This report emphasizes the possibility of C. cassiicola infecting new hosts which could eventually lead to the development of new and virulent strains that are pathogenic to existing tolerant rubber clones.

Key words: leaf disease, rubber, ornamental plants

doi: 10.4038/cjsbs.v36i2.489

Cey. J. Sci. (Bio. Sci.) 36 (2): 138-141, 2007

How to Cite: Jayasuriya, K. & Thennakoon, B., (2009). First report of Corynespora cassiicola on Codiaeum variegatum (croton) in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences). 36(2), pp.138–141. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v36i2.489
Published on 09 Jun 2009.
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