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Alternaria alternata causes pre-harvest discolouration in Backhousia myrtifolia leaf
- Sommano, Sarana, Joyce, Daryl C., Dinh, Son Quang, D’Arcy, Bruce
- Australasian plant disease notes 2011 v.6 no.1 pp. 64-66
- Alternaria alternata, Backhousia, cut flowers, discoloration, indigenous species, industry, leaves, nursery crops, pathogenicity
- Backhousia myrtifolia is an Australian native plant cultivated for cut flowers and foliage. A leaf browning syndrome, with unknown cause, became problematic for the floriculture industry in the years 2003–2004. Alternaria alternata was isolated consistently from brown leaf lesions on potted nursery plants and pathogenicity was confirmed by Koch’s postulates. This is the first report of A. alternata on B. myrtifolia that is a possible cause of leaf discolouration in B. myrtifolia.