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Abstract

First report of Diaporthe foeniculina causing yellowing and dieback on Ficus benjamina.

Abstract

Ficus benjamina, commonly called weeping fig or Benjamin fig, is a flowering plant in the family Moraceae. It is widely grown as an ornamental tree or hedge. During the spring of 2019, yellowing and dieback of F. benjamina were observed in different regions of Hamedan Province, Iran. The causal pathogen was isolated and identified as Diaporthe foeniculina based on morphological characteristics, molecular data (sequence analysis of β-tubulin gene) and pathogenicity tests. This is thought to be the first report of yellowing and dieback caused by D. foeniculina on F. benjamina.