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Detection and Management of Mango Dieback Disease in the United Arab Emirates

Department of Biology, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain 15551, UAE
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Sharjah 1509, UAE
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(10), 2086;
Received: 14 September 2017 / Revised: 28 September 2017 / Accepted: 28 September 2017 / Published: 20 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Innate Immunity 2.0)
Mango is affected by different decline disorders causing significant losses to mango growers. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the pathogen was isolated from all tissues sampled from diseased trees affected by Lasiodiplodia theobromae. Symptoms at early stages of the disease included general wilting appearance of mango trees, and dieback of twigs. In advanced stages, the disease symptoms were also characterized by the curling and drying of leaves, leading to complete defoliation of the tree and discolouration of vascular regions of the stems and branches. To substantially reduce the devastating impact of dieback disease on mango, the fungus was first identified based on its morphological and cultural characteristics. Target regions of 5.8S rRNA (ITS) and elongation factor 1-α (EF1-α) genes of the pathogen were amplified and sequenced. We also found that the systemic chemical fungicides, Score®, Cidely® Top, and Penthiopyrad®, significantly inhibited the mycelial growth of L. theobromae both in vitro and in the greenhouse. Cidely® Top proved to be a highly effective fungicide against L. theobromae dieback disease also under field conditions. Altogether, the morphology of the fruiting structures, molecular identification and pathogenicity tests confirm that the causal agent of the mango dieback disease in the UAE is L. theobromae. View Full-Text
Keywords: dieback; disease management; Lasiodiplodia theobromae; mango; pathogenicity dieback; disease management; Lasiodiplodia theobromae; mango; pathogenicity
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Saeed, E.E.; Sham, A.; AbuZarqa, A.; A. Al Shurafa, K.; S. Al Naqbi, T.; Iratni, R.; El-Tarabily, K.; F. AbuQamar, S. Detection and Management of Mango Dieback Disease in the United Arab Emirates. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 2086.

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