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NEW DISEASE REPORT
First report of leaf rust on plum (
Mediterranean region of Turkey
discolor in the eastern
S. Soylu*, E. M. Soylu and S. Kurt
Department of Plant Protection, University of Mustafa Kemal, Faculty of Agriculture, 31034 Hatay, Turkey
During the 2003 growing season, plum producers in
the eastern Mediterranean region of Turkey encountered
defoliation of plum trees (
rust infections. Disease was observed in almost all plum
orchards in the region on leaves but not on fruit or twigs.
Early disease symptoms were observed in late May as
distinct angular bright-yellow lesions on the upper leaf
surface. As the disease progressed, light orange-brown
pustules (uredinia) bearing urediniospores were observed
in the centre of the lesion on the lower leaf surface. By
early September, leaf lesions turned dark brown as they
produced teliospores within rusty brown pustules.
Microscopic examination of pustules revealed clustered
uredinio- and teliospores. The single-celled urediniospores
m) were broadly fusiform or clavate
with a golden to cinnamon wall and markedly thickened
at the apex (5–7
m). Two-celled teliospores (25–39
m) were chestnut to blackish in colour. The
apical cell was darker, coarsely verrucose, globoid and
frequently showed wall thickening at the apex (3–5
basal cell was oblong or ovate, generally tapered towards
the base, smaller and lighter than the apical cell. The causal
agent was identified as
based on morphological characteristics (Laundon
& Rainbow, 1971) and distinguished from
on the basis of teliospore morphology
and host range (domestic rather than wild plum).
Pathogenicity tests were conducted on 1-year-old plum
(cv. Canerigi) nursery stock grown in a glasshouse at
), as a result of
ous suspension of urediniospores (10
lected from diseased leaves. After inoculation, the plants
were covered with a plastic bag for 48 h and kept in the
growth room at 22
C with a 16 h photoperiod. Within 5
weeks after inoculation, typical uredinia and urediniospores
developed on inoculated leaves.
This is the first report of plum rust on cultivated plum
in the eastern Mediterranean region of Turkey. Previous
plums in the USA (Bolkan
Bhardwaj, 2001) and Israel (Reuveni, 2000).
C. Plant leaves were inoculated by atomizing an aque-
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Plant Disease Research
Accepted 4 November 2003 at www.bspp.org.uk/ndr
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