What is Lasiodipolodia Theobromae?

Lasiodipolodia theobromae is an infectious organism that is found on plants. It takes the form of a fungus and causes disease and rot in the plants it infects.

History of Lasiodipolodia Theobromae

As a plant pathogen, Lasiodipolodia Theobromae is most often found among citrus plants and fruits in tropical regions with warmer climates. Some of the most commonly infected fruits consist of mangoes, durian fruit, guava, coconut, and grapevines.

The fungus may appear as lesions on the flesh of fruits, but the dieback is what causes the plant to die from the disease as its root is infected and that infection spreads among the entire plant.

The pathogen is able to adapt to different environments, which can lead to difficulties containing it’s spread. It can survive in a broad range of temperatures and thrives equally in moist soils and among woody plants.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused by Lasiodipolodia Theobromae

Although it is less common, the fungus is also able to take on a human host.  Symptoms that result from a fungal infection as a result of Lasiodipolodia Theobroma have been shown to include:

  •     Keratitis
  •     Cutaneous lesions
  •     Maxillary sinusitis
  •     Pneumonia
  •     Tissue swelling
  •     Keratomycosis
  •     Corneal ulcers
  •     Phaeohyphomycosis

In order to infect a human, the fungus will typically enter through an open wound or cut, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Although rare, symptoms generally appear more severe in patients with immunocompromised bodies or preexisting conditions.

How You Can Treat Lasiodipolodia Theobromae

In instances of an infection with lasiodipolodia theobromae, treatments have varied somewhat based on the symptoms and condition of the individual.

Antifungal medications have demonstrated efficacy at eliminating an infection. In particular, Voriconazole, in topical and oral forms, have been used to treat the infection, with little to no recurrence seen in the months following treatment.

Extra care should be taken when handling plants and fruits expected to be infected with lasiodiplodia theobromae, as contact spread and spores are the two most common methods of infection. Be particularly careful with open cuts or sores on the hands or feet.

Focus on preventing the spread of the fungus, especially when it comes to the traveling spores of the plant. The spores can be released during trimmings or prunings, and can spread as any infectious fungus can.

Take precautions to protect yourself and those around you from the rare but extremely severe symptoms of the lasiodiplodia theobromae pathogen.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help?

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard®  system can kill Lasiodipolodia Theobromae in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.