First record in Upper Egypt of vascular wilt on pomegranate caused by Fusarium oxysporum, its molecular identification and artificial pathogenicity

Ramadan A. Mohamed, Osama A. Al-Bedak, Sedky H.A. Hassan*

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A severe vascular pomegranate wilt (Punica granatum L.) has recently been discovered and reported for the first time in Upper Egypt. Diseased samples were obtained from an infected farm in El-Badari city, Assiut Governorate, Egypt, and the pathogen was isolated on potato dextrose agar at 25 °C. Phenotypic features and DNA sequencing of the pathogen's internal transcribed spacer region showed that the fungus was Fusarium oxysporum. The pathogenicity study conducted with 2-year-old plants resulted in 80% infection. F. oxysporum re-isolated from all the inoculated pomegranate trees exhibited the same morphological characters as those observed among the isolates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Plant Diseases and Protection
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Fusarium oxysporum
  • Pathogenicity
  • Pomegranate
  • Vascular wilt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture

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