First report of Fusarium root rot in Asian pear caused by Fusarium solani in China.
Diseased plants of Pyrus pyrifolia cv. Zhongliyihao, P. sinkiangensis cv. Hongxiangsu, and P. bretschneideri cv. Dangshansuli, with symptoms of root browning and cortex necrosis or rot, accompanied by foliage chlorosis, marginal scorch, defoliation and eventual branch or plant death, were found in the Old Yellow River Valley in 2013 through 2015. This resulted in serious economic losses. The causal pathogen was identified as Haematonectria haematococca based on morphological, molecular and pathogenicity analyses. This is thought to be the first report of root rot incited by H. haematococca in Asian pear plants in China.