Red root rot of Vicia sativa caused by Atractiella rhizophila


The causal agent of red root rot disease of common vetch (Vicia sativa) on the far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, has been identified as Atractiella rhizophila. This basidiomycete infected root tissues directly without specialized appressoria, and developed as a necrotroph in the cortex external to the stele. It has been recorded previously as a non-pathogenic endophyte of Populus spp. and Pinus spp. roots, and a symbiont on Quercus rubra, but this is the first report of A. rhizophila as a plant pathogen.

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We thank R. L. Dodman and R. J. Vilgalys for commenting on the text, and D. J. Firth and G. P. Kennedy for technical assistance.


This work was supported by Biosecurity Queensland, a division of the Queensland Government, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Some of the work was conducted while the senior author was employed by the New South Wales Government, Department of Agriculture. The research was not externally funded and the authors derived no commercial benefit from any aspect of the work.

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Allen, R.N., Bransgrove, K. & Shivas, R.G. Red root rot of Vicia sativa caused by Atractiella rhizophila. Eur J Plant Pathol 157, 293–297 (2020).

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  • Vetch
  • Disease
  • Aetiology
  • Australia