Morphological and molecular characterisation of new species and/or isolates of known Mediterranean fungi and their epidemiological study

This research line is mainly intended to investigate the fungal diseases affecting the Mediterranean fruit species and to determine their incidence and precise aetiology through the agent purification and host-plant inoculation.

Given the significance of these pathogens  in the Mediterranean fruit industry, special emphasis is laid on the species Phytophthora, Verticillium, Fusarium and Monilia to assess their incidence and distribution. The nursery and field seasonal trends have already been determined by periodical sampling and laboratory testing in order to develop  prevention programmes and define direct and  targeted actions. Since MAIB is recognised to play a central role in the Mediterranean region, it is engaged in the morphological and molecular characterisation of isolates of a different origin for which  a wide collection has been established at the Institute.


Starting: 1.01.2002
Scheduled ending: 31.12.2015
Real ending: 23.09.2019
Reference person/s: Yaseen Thaer /
Collaborators: D'Onghia Anna Maria / Valentini Franco /
Thesis: Phenotypic pathogenicity characters of Fusarium spp. on citrus and correlation with phylogenetic effect
Etiology, epidemiology and biological control of Phytophthora and Fusarium root rot in Egyptian citrus nurseries
Table grapes and Ochratoxin A contamination: an emerging issue
Penicillium rot on citrus fruit in Tunisia: epidemiology, control and molecular identification
Study of dry root rot of citrus caused by Fusarium spp. in Tunisia
Assessment of the sanitary conditions of certified nurseries production in Souss Massa Valley (Morocco)
Incidence of olive verticillium wilt and molecular characterization of Verticillium dahliae isolates within the Maltese archipelago
Observation on the epidemiology and control of grapevine Powdery mildew
Prospection des principaux champignons (Phytophtora spp. et Phoma tracheiphila) et du virus de la psorose des agrumes dans la région du Cap Bon, Tunisie
Institutions involved: Agricultural Research Centre, Giza
Università degli Studi della Tuscia
Università degli Studi di Bari
Università degli Studi di Catania
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