Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology
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Neodothiora populina Crous, G.C. Adams & Winton was determined to be a new pathogen of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) growing in Alaska, based on completion of Koch’s Postulates in replicated forest and growth chamber inoculation trials. The pathogen is responsible for severe damage and widespread rapid mortality of sapling to mature aspen (≥ 80 years) in the boreal forests of interior Alaska, due to large diffuse annual (1–2 years) cankers. Isolation of the pathogen was challenging, and identification based on cultural characters was difficult. Fruiting bodies were not found on wild diseased trees, but erumpent pycnidia were found in bark overlying cankers on several stems inoculated with pure cultures.
Winton, L. M., G. C. Adams, and R. W. Ruess. 2021. Determining the novel pathogen Neodothiora populina as the causal agent of the aspen running canker disease in Alaska. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology:1-12.