Phytophthora fungi are present in almost all citrus orchards. Under moist conditions, the fungi produce large numbers of motile zoospores, which are splashed. The main symptom of citrus gummosis is oozing of gum from the affected parts on the trunk. Infected bark remains firm with small, longitudinal cracks through. Gummosis is the formation of patches of a gummy substance on the surface of certain plants, particularly fruit trees. This occurs when sap oozes from wounds or .

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Citrus Diseases March, idtools. When roots are infected the surface of the root becomes soft, discolored and appears water-soaked. Can’t read the image?

Fumigants such as metam sodium are a prime source of volatile organic compounds VOCswhich are a major air quality issue. Gummosis was more frequent on scions trunk and branch which had The bark stays firm, dries, and eventually cracks and sloughs off. The modified V-8 agar consisted of eight vegetable agar V-8 agar composed of 2 g CaCO 3mL V8 juice and 15 g agar in mL distilled water amended with 20 mg Pimaricin, mg Ampicilin, 75 mg Vancomycin, 50 mg Dichloran, which were dissolved in 10 ml distilled sterile water and added to 1 liter of V-8 agar [ 10 ].

Knowledge Bank home Change location. Similarly Jagtap et al. Results and Discussion Distribution of citrus gummosis phytophthora spp.

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Phytophthora fungi are present in almost all citrus orchards. But for a practical control measure for the homeowner, simply cutting out the diseased bark and painting the area with a registered copper fungicide will rectify the problem. Decline may occur may occur over several years or can happen rapidly within a year, especially under conditions favourable for disease development.

Phytophthora foot rot gummoiss sweet orange tree showing bark necrosis, light gumming, and callusing. Disease survey was conducted in ten established citrus orchards in Upper awash, Errer-Gota, and Koka areas. Symptoms can be seen in fruit if the disease is severe. Isolation of Phytophthora spp. Introduction Citrus Citrus sinesis L. For PC, position your mouse cursor on the featured image, click the right mouse button, and choose “Save Picture As Trifoliate, Swingle citrumelo, Yuman and alemow are considered highly resistant to bark infection and tolerant to root rot.


HaileMariam Phenological regions for citrus production in Ethiopia: Created in Nepal September Infected bark remains firm with small, longitudinal cracks through which abundant amber-colored gum is exuded. Its cultivation started in Gummoxis Awash valley and Melkassa areas in central Ethiopia [ 4 ].

When establishing a new orchard, carefully check the lower trunk and rootstock of new trees for any symptoms of gummosis before you plant. Abstract Citrus production in Ethiopia is threatened by a number of biotic and abiotic factors.

Citrus gummosis

Decline may occur rapidly within a year, especially under conditions favorable for disease development, or may occur over several years. Select your language of interest to view the total content in your interested language.

Allow the exposed area to dry out. Branches with this symptom resulted in die back of a tree that could not keep their fruits and leaves alive for the next season. Gummosis incidence was determined as the proportion of plants showing gummosis symptoms, expressed as a percentage of the total number of plants assessed [ 8 ]. Management of Phytophthora gummosis focuses on preventing conditions favorable for infection and disease development.

The average minimum and maximum annual temperature were AgricultraTropica et Subtropica Lesions may exude copious amount of gum and a brown necrotic area will be found under the bark lesions. Is gummosis becoming more of a problem? There is no sense in treating if the bark appears dried up and cracked; the fungus is gone.

Lesions may spread around the circumference of the trunk slowly girdling the tree. Thoroughly wet the lesion. All scion cultivars are susceptible to infection under the right environmental conditions. When this happens, the infected bark will dry up and crack. Determining the actual importance of a possible citrus decline factors viz gummosis Phytophthora spp. The disease samples were taken from the active lesion near to the crown and branch showing the symptom of the disease.


This study was conducted with the objective to measure and estimate the incidence and distribution of citrus gummosis Phytophthora spp.

You can also scrape the diseased bark lightly to find the perimeter of the lesion and then use a propane torch to burn the lesion and a margin of 1 inch 2. Nothing can be done about the gimmosis, but if trees are irrigated, the water must not hit the trunk of the fummosis. Cracked lesions that exude sap are found on infected scions, which become gradually girdled and killed.

Can be applied up to 3 times per year, but do not make soil and trunk applications of mefenoxam to the same tree during the same cropping season and do not apply more than 1. Yet early detection and prompt management actions are gummmosis for saving a tree.

April 16, Accepted: Lesions usually occur on the bark or at the bud union. For noncommercial purposes only, any Web site may link directly to this page. When planting or replanting in soil infected with Phytophthora, or when a susceptible rootstock has to be used, fumigation may be helpful.

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