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First report of laurel anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum acutatum in central Italy.


During the 2014 summer season, in a laurel (Laurus nobilis) hedge of a garden near Rome, Italy, symptoms were seen consisting of shoots with tips with typical 'shepherd's crook' and necrotic spots on leaves and twigs. The causal pathogen was identified as Colletotrichum acutatum based on morphological, genetic (ITS) and pathogenicity analyses. This is thought to be the first report of damages caused to laurel in Italy by C. acutatum.