2019 Volume 34 Issue 3 Pages 340-343
Rosellinia necatrix causes white root rot in various plants, including the Japanese pear. PCR assays using specific primers for R. necatrix detected the fungus on the roots of nine weed species from infested pear orchards. The soil inoculation experiment revealed that the spread of R. necatrix was similar between weed-mowed and non-weed-mowed treatments under field conditions. The spread of R. necatrix was also observed when rescue grass (Bromus catharticus) was grown in planter boxes under greenhouse conditions, but was limited without the grass, suggesting that some weeds facilitate the spread of R. necatrix in soil.