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First report of root rot and vine decline of melon caused by Monosporascus cannonballus in Greece

In June 2017, a severe vine decline of the netted melon hybrids Global F1 and Lavigal was observed in a greenhouse of Messara valley, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Diseased plants exhibited wilting, leaf chlorosis, yellowing and vine collapse. Root rot and necrosis, foot rot and to a lesser extent vascular tissue discoloration at the lower part of the stem were also observed. Numerous perithecia embedded in the root cortex, containing asci and ascospores typical of Monosporascus cannonballus Pollack & Uecker were observed. Disease incidence in the greenhouse was estimated at 100 and 78 percent for Global F1 and Lavigal, respectively. more


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