Fusarium poae (Peck) Wollenw.

5-day old
10-day old

COLONIES with a fast growing, loosely cotton, white (4A1) to pale yellow (4A3) aerial mycelium and an orange white (5A2) to pale orange (5A3) substrate mycelium, ca. 8.0 cm diam when 5-day old and covering the whole area of potato dextrose agar (PDA) of a diameter of 10 cm when 10-day old and grown at a room temperature; with a red (9A6) to deep red (10C8) reverse and a distinctive peachy odour in 10-day old PDA culture.


CONIDIOPHORES (cp) usually many times branched, usually not in sporodochia, with phialides.

Phialides (p) short and broadly ended, non-proliferating, 6-18 x 3 µm.

CONIDIA of two types: micro- and macroconidia.

Microconidia (mc) globose, broadly ellipsoidal, pyriform or tear-shaped, 0-1-septate, 6-10 x 5.5-7.5 µm.

Macroconidia not observed.

SUBSTRATE AND DISTRIBUTION. Fusarium poae commonly occurs on different living poaceaous and herbaceous plant species and their debris (Blaszkowski 1994a-c, 1995; Brooks 1953; Domsch et al. 1980). Additionally, it has been isolated from rhizosphere soils of different cultivated and uncultivated plants (Domsch et al. 1980). Fusarium poae has frequently been encountered in seeds of different cereals (Blaszkowski 1994a, b; Neergaard 1977).

Although the fungus is distributed in the whole world, it prefers temperate regions (Domsch et al. 1980).

NOTES. Fusarium poae causes the silver-top disease of the inflorescens of some grasses, e. g., Dactylis glomerata L. and Poa pratensis L., as well as cereals, usually in association with the mite Pediculopsis gramineum (Brooks 1953; Smith et al. 1988). This fungus also affected seedlings of Triticum aestivum L. (Lacicowa 1963). According to Holliday (1989), F. poae is a weak pathogen.

Fusarium poae produces the mycotoxins neosolaniol, T-2, H-2, and acetyl T-2 toxins (Domsch et 1980).


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