Species of Colletotrichum causing olive anthracnose in South Brazil


Abstract: Anthracnose is an important fungal disease of olive trees in worldwide and severely affects both fruit yield and quality of olive oil. The disease is caused by different species of the genus Colletotrichum and the most typical symptom of olive anthracnose is rot and mummification of fruits. In the Rio Grande do Sul state Brazil, the anthracnose causes heavy losses on commercial olive orchards and the Colletotrichum complex species causing olive anthracnose has not been investigated. The current study improves the understanding of species causing anthracnose on olive in south of Brazil and provides useful information for the effective management and control of the disease.

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