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Fusarium oxysporum on the Oil Palm

Nature volume 158, page 712 (16 November 1946) | Download Citation



IN an earlier communication1 I directed attention to the presence of a vascular wilt disease of the oil palm (Elis guineensis) in the Belgian Congo. In so far as mycological studies could be pursued under the conditions of the investigation, the same species of Fusarium was isolated on a number of occasions from discoloured vascular strands. A culture submitted to Dr. S. P. Wiltshire of the Imperial Mycological Institute has now been reported on by Dr. W. L. Gordon of the Dominion Laboratory of Plant Pathology, Winnipeg. The latter, who has been making a special study of this genus, has identified the culture as Fusarium oxysporum forma. The organism isolated from infected vascular strands of the oil palm is thus a strain or form of the comprehensive species to which the other wilt-producing Fusaria belong. Its pathogenicity has, of course, still to be tested.

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  1. Department of Cryptogamic Botany, University of Manchester. Oct. 21.

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