Pythium isolates were recovered from endive plants (Cichorium endivia) showing vascular necrosis collected from commercial fields located in Castellón province (eastern Spain). They were identified as Pythium tracheiphilum on the basis of their phenotypical and molecular profile. Pathogenicity tests conducted with two P. tracheiphilum isolates, obtained from endive and lettuce (Lactuca sativa), respectively, in this region, confirmed that both isolates were pathogenic to endive, with no significant differences in virulence between them. This is the first report of vascular necrosis caused by P. tracheiphilum on endive in Spain.
- Soilborne pathogens