Phoma lingam

(Tode ex Schw.) Desm.

SPOTS on stems and leaves, ovate to prolate, at first yellow greenish, later yellow greyish, finally grey, depressed, with a purple to black border. With time, pycnidia appear within the spots.


PYCNIDIA (p) globose to subglobose, yellow brown to brownish black, immersed or slightly erumpent, subepidermal, separate, unilocular, 130-600 µm diam, with a subcircular to elliptical ostiolum, 8-35 µm diam.

Wall (w) 6-16 µm thick, composed of 3-5 layers of cells; cells of the outer layer thick-walled, yellow brown to dark brown, more or less flattened, merging with inner layers of smaller, relatively thin-walled, angular, nearly isodiametric, subhyaline to pale yellow cells.


CONIDIA (c) hyaline, cylindrical to ellipsoidal, sometimes slightly curved, with rounded ends, aseptate, 0.8-2 x 1.5-6 µm.


PLANT HOST AND DISTRIBUTION. The hosts of P. lingam are different plant species of the family Brassicaceae (Arx 1987; Brandenburger 1985; Brooks 1953).

Phoma lingam is widespread in the world.

NOTES. The teleomorph of P. lingam is Leptosphaeria maculans (Desm.) Ces. & De N.

Phoma lingam is a serious pathogen causing black leg, canker, and dry rot of brassicas and other crucifers (Agrios 1988; Brooks 1953; Madej 1993). Sometimes, the fungus also produces a "damping-off" effect (Brooks 1953).

Initial infections are mainly caused by ascospores dispersed from pseudothecia on infected debris (Smith et al. 1988). Once established in a crop, the pathogen spreads by rain-splashed conidia. Epidemic development is favoured by mild wet conditions.

Phoma lingam overwinters in infected plant debris and seeds (Agrios 1987; Brooks 1953; Madej 1993). The fungus is able to survive for at least three years on crop debris in the soil (Smith et al. 1988).


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