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Fungus found in roses attacks human eye?

Posted by henry_kuska z5 OH ( on
Sat, Feb 22, 14 at 0:55


Title: "First Report of Leaf Blotch Caused by Pestalotiopsis clavispora on Rosa chinensis Jacq in China"

"Rosa chinensis Jacq, a traditional Chinese ornamental flower, is an important landscaping plant in northern China. Since July 2013, leaf blotch symptoms were observed in the Tianjin flower nursery (117:09E39:17N). The garden exhibited 40% disease incidence with observable symptoms on basal leaves that were yellowed from the edge to the inside area on infected leaves, like the character "V". Yellow lesions covered one third to one half of the leaf. Yellow halos were observed at the junction of the healthy and diseased tissues."


"Pestalotiopsis clavispora has been reported to cause a number of plant diseases, including diseases of blueberry and avocado plants.2,3 To our knowledge, this is the first case of human infection caused by P. clavispora."

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RE: Fungus found in roses attacks human eye?

Thanks, Henry. Sounds like one more good reason to wear gloves and wash hands frequently after being out in the rose garden. It may be an uncommon occurrence, but good hand washing is never a bad thing!


RE: Fungus found in roses attacks human eye?

In addition to gloves, I recommend a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses. I wore the hat but not the sunglasses. See:

Here is a link that might be useful: link to my eyelid cancer post

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