V. Sergeeva, L. Tesoriero, R. Spooner-Hart and N. G. Nair | View Article
We report the occurrence of Macrophomina phaseolina in roots of olives in Australia. According to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, the binomial Macrophomina phaseolina is the valid name for the pycnidial stage of Rhizoctonia bataticola. M. phaseolina has a world-wide distribution and has been reported on a wide range of hosts causing charcoal rot. It causes severe decline of olives in Tunisia (Boulila and Mahjoub 1994), Egypt (Ghoneim et al. 1996), as well as Europe and the Mediterranean region (Sanchez-Hernandez et al. 1996, 1998).