Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection

, Volume 126, Issue 6, pp 593–598 | Cite as

Phylogenetic and morphological identification of Colletotrichum godetiae, a novel pathogen causing anthracnose on loquat fruits (Eriobotrya japonica)

  • Sandra B. Juárez-Vázquez
  • Hilda V. Silva-Rojas
  • Angel Rebollar-Alviter
  • Marco Maidana-Ojeda
  • Mónica Osnaya-González
  • Dionicio Fuentes-AragónEmail author
Short Communication


Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) has potential to be produced in the central part of Mexico. During summer 2017, anthracnose symptoms were observed in Tetela, Morelos state, Mexico. A Colletotrichum species was constantly isolated from symptomatic fruit lesions. The internal transcribed spacer region and four housekeeping partial genes were sequenced, and our phylogenetic reconstruction revealed that the strains clustered with the Colletotrichum godetiae clade. Typical symptoms were reproducible in the pathogenicity test. Re-isolations were successfully performed and showed the same morphological and molecular characteristics. This is the first report of C. godetiae causing anthracnose on loquat fruits in Mexico and worldwide.


Colletotrichum acutatum complex Medlar Phylogenetic reconstruction Rosaceae 



Authors wish to express their grateful to Seed Pathology Laboratory from Postgraduate College at Montecillo Campus for allowing us the use of the sequencing facility unit.


This research was partially supported by Seed Pathology Laboratory from Postgraduate College at Montecillo Campus through project CM 2018.

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All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest in any part of the research.

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This article does not contain any studies that include human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Parasitología AgrícolaUniversidad Autónoma ChapingoTexcocoMexico
  2. 2.Producción de SemillasColegio de PostgraduadosTexcocoMexico
  3. 3.Centro Regional MoreliaUniversidad Autónoma ChapingoMoreliaMexico
  4. 4.Centro de Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica de ItapúaHohenauParaguay
  5. 5.FitopatologíaColegio de PostgraduadosCampecheMexico
  6. 6.Instituto de FitosanidadColegio de PostgraduadosTexcocoMexico

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