Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 101, Issue 4, pp 1297–1297 | Cite as

First report of Fomitiporia torreyae causing trunk rot on Chinese torreya (Torreya grandis) in Anhui Province of China

  • Xue Yang
  • Chun-Yan Gu
  • Hao-Yu Zang
  • Yu ChenEmail author
Disease Note


Chinese torreya tree disease Fomitiporia torreyae Pathogenicity Identification 

In the early of 2017, disease symptoms of trunk rot have been observed on 20–65% of the Chinese torreya (Torreya grandis Fort. ex Lindl. cv. Merrillii) plants in Huangshan city of Anhui Province, China. The timber trunk was infected with a white decay of the stem heart. To isolate the pathogen, stem segments collected were surface sterilized with 1% HgCl2 for 30 s, rinsed twice with sterile pure water for 30 s, and incubated on water agar at 26 °C. Then the isolated fungus cultures were transferred to potato dextrose agar (PDA) for two weeks. The characteristics of the fungus are typical of Fomitiporia torreyae with perennial, resupinate basidiocarps, and small basidiospores. Identification was also confirmed on the basis of the partial ITS gene which was amplified by using the universal primers ITS1 and ITS4. A 164-bp fragment was amplified and sequenced from the obtained isolates, and it showed 99% similarity to the F. torreyae strain MUCL WC31 (GenBank Accession No. JQ087897.1). To verify the pathogenicity of the fungus, a 5-mm-diameter mycelial plug was affixed to a portion of the stem of Chinese torreya from which the superficial tissues had been removed and the inoculation site was covered with wet cotton and wrapped with parafilm. Control plants were treated by the same method but using PDA plugs. Two months after inoculation, all plants showed a white decay of the heart of stem, whereas the control plants remained healthy. F. torreyae was also reisolated from all infected plants. The fungus has been previously reported to cause trunk rot of Japanese cedar in Japan (Ota et al. 2014, 2016), but this is the first report of F. torreyae causing trunk rot of Chinese torreya in Anhui Province of China.



This work was supported by: (i) National Natural Science Foundation of China (31872003, 31672061), (ii) the Natural Science Foundation of Anhui Province (1808085QC91, 1808085QC90), (iii) the Anhui Provincial Fruit Industrial System (AHCYTX-14), (iv) Risk Assessment for National Agro-Products of China (GJFP201801301), (v) the Anhui Provincial “115” Innovation Team, (vi) the Anhui Provincial Fruit Industrial System (AHCYTX-14) and (vii) the program for construction of the Key Laboratory of Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences (18S1103 & 2019YL048).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Plant Protection and Agro-products SafetyAnhui Academy of Agricultural SciencesHefeiChina
  2. 2.Scientific Observing and Experimental Station of Crop Pests in HefeiMinistry of AgricultureHefeiChina
  3. 3.Laboratory of Quality & Safety Risk Assessment for Agro-Products (Hefei)Ministry of AgricultureHefeiChina

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