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Following basal stem rot in young oil palm plantings

Panchal, G. and Bridge, P.D. (2005) Following basal stem rot in young oil palm plantings. Mycopathologia 159 (1), pp. 123-127. ISSN 0301-486X.


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The PCR primer GanET has previously been shown to be suitable for the specific amplification of DNA from Ganoderma boninense. A DNA extraction and PCR method has been developed that allows for the amplification of the G. boninense DNA from environmental samples of oil palm tissue. The GanET primer reaction was used in conjunction with a palm-sampling programme to investigate the possible infection of young palms through cut frond base surfaces. Ganoderma DNA was detected in frond base material at a greater frequency than would be expected by comparison with current infection levels. Comparisons are made between the height of the frond base infected, the number of frond bases infected, and subsequent development of basal stem rot. The preliminary results suggest that the development of basal stem rot may be more likely to occur when young lower frond bases are infected.

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Keyword(s) / Subject(s): basal stem rot, taxonomy, Ganoderma, pathogen, molecular diagnostics, fungi, Ganoderma boninense, molecular diagnostics, ITS, Papua New Guinea
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32

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