Leaf blight (Ventura populina)
Annual shoot, Leaf
Damage, symptoms and biology
In the spring, the ascospores cause primary infection on the tips of leaves emerging from the buds near old dead shoots infected the previous year.
In eastern Ontario, the primary cycle begins in about late May and the secondary cycle in about early June. The twigs are infected in June and immature perithecia can be found on scorched shoots in early August. Mature ascospores are released early the following spring.
This disease is most severe in young stands, and has the greatest impact in intensively managed plantations.
Pollaccia elegans is the asexual stage (anamorph) of Venturia populina.
Canadian Forest Service Publications
Information on host(s)
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