Diseases of Proteaceae

  • Brett A. Summerell
Living reference work entry
Part of the Handbook of Plant Disease Management book series (HPDM)


The Proteaceae are a southern hemisphere family of plants found predominantly in southern Africa and Australia. Included in the family are Protea, Leucospermum, and Leucodendron from southern Africa and Banksia, Telopea, and Grevillea from Australia all of which are important cut flower crops. All of these genera are susceptible to a range of diseases, especially root rot diseases caused by Phytophthora, Armillaria, and Fusarium which can limit production and leaf spot diseases which both limit production and impair the aesthetics of the cut flower. Management of these diseases is complex and includes chemical, biological, cultural, and physical control, as well as host resistance.


Phytophthora spp Leaf spots Fusarium spp Mycosphaerella leaf blotch Integrated disease management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain TrustSydneyAustralia

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