Fungi associated with off shoot diseases of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) in Khairpur district of Sindh, Pakistan

Mirza Hussain Samo, Muzafar Husain Sirohi


Off shoot diseases caused by fungi are considered of great importance because off shoot is essential part of life cycle of date palm tree and provides good medium for attacking many pathogens for their better growth. In the current study, fungi associated with off shoot of date palm were isolated and identified in the Khairpur district of Sindh, Pakistan. On the basis of morphological characters, three fungi viz. Aspergillus quadrilineatus, Fusarium poae and A. niger were isolated and identified from infected samples. The frequency of occurrence of these fungi was 3.87, 2.69 and 4.32 respectively. It was therefore concluded that increased microbial activities on suckers of date palm tree are often subjected to attack by fungal mycoflora and needs strict control measures for their protections.


Off Shoot diseases; fungal infections; Date palm tree

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