Exotic Pest Alert: Rotbrenner


Pseudopezicula tracheiphila is an exotic plant pest causing rotbrenner. This disease is a serious threat to Australia’s viticulture industry. If found it must be reported promptly to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.

This is a fungal disease caused by Pseudopezicula tracheiphila. Rotbrenner is also called roter brenner and translates from the German as red fire.

Symptoms of rotbrenner are similar to those of angular leaf scorch which is a disease of grapevines found in North America. Pseudopezicula tracheiphila is the European counterpart of the fungus P. tetraspora that causes angular leaf scorch in North America.

Topic include:

  • Symptoms
  • Disease cycle
  • Hosts
  • Spread
  • Distribution
  • Actions to minimise risks
  • Reporting


Primefact 1272 First Edition

Published: 01 Jan 2013