Ganoderma Disease

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Ganoderma Disease image by sunset_for_you/Flickr.com

Overview

Ganoderma disease (Ganoderma zonatum), also known as ganoderma butt rot, is a fungal infection that can affect trees around the world.

Identification

Ganoderma disease can be identified by a tree's failure to thrive. Brackets, the fruiting body of the fungus, grow at the base of the trees.

Significance

Young trees can tolerate infection by ganoderma. As the tree ages the effects will be more readily seen as branches and leaves die.

Infection

Ganoderma disease is spread by airborne spores. The spores enter the tree through an injury in the bark and make their way to the core.

Effects

Temperature and humidity affect how rapidly the fungus kills the tree.

Prevention/Control

No chemicals are available to control ganoderma disease. The only effective control is to remove infected trees and soil from a particular location.

References

  • Tree Help
  • Nothern Territory Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines
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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for textbroker.com. She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

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