Canker and anthracnose are general terms for a large number of different plant diseases, characterised by broadly similar symptoms including the appearance of small areas of dead tissue, which grow slowly, often over a period of years. Some are of only minor consequence, but others are ultimately lethal, and of major economic importance in agriculture and horticulture. Different cankers and anthracnoses are caused by a wide range of organisms, including fungi, bacteria, mycoplasmas and viruses. The majority of canker-causing organisms are tied obligately to a single host species or genus, but a few will attack a wider range of plants. Canker can be spread by weather and animals, making an area that even has a slight amount of canker hazardous.

Some cankers are treatable with fungicides or bactericides, but many are not; often the only treatment available is to destroy the infected plant to prevent the disease from spreading to other plants.

Some cankers:
*Apple canker, caused by the fungus "Nectria galligena"
*Ash bacterial canker, caused by the bacterium "Pseudomonas syringae"
*Butternut canker, caused by the fungus "Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum"
*Citrus canker, caused by the bacterium "Xanthomonas axonopodis"
*Cypress canker, caused by the fungus "Seridium cardinale"
*Dogwood anthracnose, caused by the fungus "Discula destructiva"
*Grape canker, caused by the water mould "Eutypa lata"
*Honey locust canker, caused by the fungus "Thyronectria austro-americana"
*Mulberry canker, caused by the fungus "Gibberella baccata"
*Oak canker, caused by the fungus "Diplodia quercina"
*Pine pitch canker, caused by the fungus "Fusarium pini"
*Plane anthracnose, caused by the fungus "Apiognomonia veneta"
*Poplar canker, caused by the bacterium "Xanthomonas populi"
*Rapeseed stem canker, caused by the blackleg fungus "Leptosphaeria maculans"
*Rose cankers, caused by the fungus "Leptosphaeria coniothyrium" and "Cryptosporella umbrina"
*Scleroderris canker, caused by the fungus "Gremmeniella abietina"
*Willow anthracnose, caused by the fungus "Marssonina salicicola"


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