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Date: February 2018
Source: Journal of Phytopathology [edited]
<http://onlinelibrary.wiley. com/doi/10.1111/jph.12688/full >

[Ref: Q Zhao et al (2018): Identification and characterization of
_Cucurbita_ gummy stem blight fungi in Northeast China. J Phytopathol,
recorded first online; DOI: 10.1111/jph.12688]
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_Cucurbita maxima_ (pumpkin) is a typical cucurbit that is susceptible
to gummy stem blight. In recent years, this major fungal disease has
decimated pumpkin yields in Northeast China in increasingly numerous
outbreaks with more rapid spread in recent years.

We conducted a systematic study of the growth and morphological
characteristics of various purified strains of _Cucurbita_ gummy stem
blight (GSB) fungus from across Northeast China. DNA samples of 30
isolates with distinct hyphal variations were subjected to internal
transcribed spacer (ITS) sequencing. Sequence analysis resulted in
identification of the isolates as _Stagonosporopsis cucurbitacearum_
and demonstrated that this is a dominant and widely distributed fungal
species in this region.

Multi-site phylogenetic analysis assigned the 30 strains to 2
genotypes that aligned to 7 phenotypic types of GSB fungi. By
analysing ITS conserved sequences of these phenotypically diverse
groups, we found that GSB pathogens broadly shared 2 motifs that
contained sequence variations unique to 2 groups in addition to common
identical motifs.

This study provided useful data for rapid and accurate identification
of _S. cucurbitacearum_ and diagnosis in early symptoms of GSB. It
also provides tools to explore the distribution and regularity of GSB
outbreaks spatially and temporally across Northeast China.
Communicated by:
IBIS (International Biosecurity Intelligence System)

[Gummy stem blight (GSB) of cucurbits caused by the fungus
_Stagonosporopsis cucurbitacearum_ (previously _Didymella bryoniae_)
is a major disease of these crops. It can affect all above ground
parts of plants at any stage of growth. Symptoms may include leaf
lesions followed by blight and necrosis, as well as lesions and
cankers with red exudate on stems that can eventually girdle the
entire stem, leading to wilting and yellowing of its leaves and vines.
Seedlings and transplants may be girdled by lesions and collapse, or
be so weakened by the infection that they are never productive. The
fungus also causes black rot if it infects the fruits. GSB requires
prolonged moisture to become established and consequently is a serious
problem in regions of high rainfall and glasshouse crops.

Spores may be seed borne or spread by air currents, water from rain or
irrigation systems, or by mechanical means (including insect and human
activities). The fungus can survive between growing seasons in an
over-wintering structure, and wild cucurbits or volunteer crop hosts
may serve as pathogen reservoirs. Disease management may include crop
rotation, phytosanitation (removal of inoculum sources and reservoir
hosts), fungicides and use of certified GSB-free seed or transplants.

A total of 2 related species, _S. citrulli_ and _S. caricae_, also
affect cucurbits with similar GSB symptoms, but they vary somewhat in
host preferences and epidemiology. _S. caricae_ is the only GSB fungus
that also affects a non-cucurbit host, papaya (_Carica papaya_).

<http://www.beijing-travels. com/image/chinamap.jpg>
China provinces:
<http://www.chinadiscovery. com/assets/images/customer- support/maps/china-provinces- map-600.jpg>

GSB symptoms on cucurbit leaves and stems:
< english/crops/facts/09-051wf6. jpg>,
<http://www.plantdoctor. default/files/styles/ diagnosis/public/gummy%20stem% 20blight_WAM%20%282%29.jpg? itok=tGpWCATu>,
<https://aggie-horticulture. 01/wmd61_61_61.jpg>
< publications/apsnetfeatures/ Article%20Images/PumpkinFig8_ 2.jpg>
GSB on cucurbit transplants:
< weeklycropupdate/wp-content/ uploads/2008/05/gummystem- 300x253.jpg>,
< weeklycropupdate/wp-content/ uploads/2009/06/gummy2.jpg>
<http://www.forestryimages. org/images/192x128/1234191.jpg >
GSB on cucurbits, photo gallery:
<http://vegetablemdonline. Cucurbits/GummyStem/GummySB_ Collage.jpg>

Gummy stem blight information:
< business-priorities/plants/ fruit-and-vegetables/a-z-list- of-horticultural-diseases-and- disorders/gummy-stem-blight>
(with pictures)
<http://vegetablemdonline. Cucurbit_GSBlight.htm>,
< publications/apsnetfeatures/ Pages/GummyStemBlight.aspx>,
< wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ Gummy-stem-blight-factsheet. pdf>
< pp280> (with pictures)
_S. cucurbitacearum_ taxonomy and synonyms:
< Names/NamesRecord.asp? RecordID=515660>
<http://www.speciesfungorum. org/GSD/GSDspecies.asp? RecordID=515660>. -

[See Also:
Gummy stem blight, watermelon - USA: (FL) 20150506.3344025
Gummy stem blight, watermelon - Trinidad & Tobago: (MR) 20121008.1329578
Gummy stem blight, watermelon - USA: new strains 20090521.1899
Downy mildew, cucurbits - USA (02): clarification 20071109.3633
Downy mildew, cucurbits - USA: (SC), new strain 20071023.3448]
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