Vol. 55 No. 1 (2016)
New or Unusual Disease Reports

<em>Cryptostroma corticale</em> in the northern Apennines (Italy)

Department of Sustainable Agroecosystems and Bioresources, Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Via E. Mach 1, 38010, San Michele all’Adige (TN), Italy.
Nicoletta VAI
Servizio fitosanitario- Regione Emilia-Romagna, Via di Saliceto, 81 Bologna
Giorgio MARESI
FEM-IASMA - Centre for Technology Transfer, Via E. Mach 1, 38010 San Michele all’Adige (TN), Italy
Published May 14, 2016
  • Acer pseudoplatanus,
  • climate change
How to Cite
C. M. OLIVEIRA LONGA, N. VAI, and G. MARESI, “<em>Cryptostroma corticale</em&gt; in the northern Apennines (Italy)”, Phytopathol. Mediterr., vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 136-138, May 2016.


Cryptostroma corticale was observed on declining trees of Acer pseudoplatanus L. at Montovolo, a mountain site located in the northern Apennines, Italy. Morphological and biomolecular analyses confirmed the presence of the fungus in affected trees, which has not yet been officially described as occurring in Italy. No damage by the pathogen was observed on other species of Acer in the affected area, while drought–related decline symptoms were present on Quercus pubescens and Ostrya carpinifolia near the affected site, confirming the possible role of climate and especially repeated drought periods in the appearance of the problem.


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