Bird vectors of plant disease

Other Names:
Avian vectors of plant diseases

Several birds are important as agents of dissemination of plant pathogens.


Though comparatively small in number, bird vectors of plant disease may have a great impact. For example, endothia parasitica, the fungus which causes Chestnut Canker, produces sticky spores which adhere to the feet of birds. These birds carry the spores over considerable distances: in fact, they made it impossible to eradicate the fungus after it had been accidentally introduced into the eastern USA from the Orient.

Broader Problems:
Birds as vectors of disease
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST