58 Scientific name of cause

Dictionary: d_cause_sc_name


If the organism involved can be identified the scientific name must be reported, using the codes of 7 letters.

As a general rule the codes consist of the first 4 letters of the Genus name, followed by the first 3 letters of the species name.

E.g. Lophodermium seditiosum = LOPHSED

If the Genus name has only 3 letters, these are followed by the first 4 letters of the species name.

E.g. Ips typographus = IPSTYPO

If no scientific name of cause is specified (no assessment/damages, dead tree) submit NOTSPEC.


Codes for the most common damaging species are listed in the dictionary d_cause_sc_name.


The following sources provide additional information (e.g. for the field observers to facilitate the diagnosis):

  • Annex 2 (MS EXCEL spreadsheet) - Contains the coding system for damaging agents. Especially the sheets on insects and fungi provide information about specific symptoms caused by a selection of relevant organisms.

  • Annex 3 (MS EXCEL spreadsheet) - information on synonyms and tree species on which the damaging agents occur most frequently in addition to dictionary d_cause_sc_name

  • Annex 4 (PDF document) - examples, descriptions and photographs of damage caused by important categories of insects and fungi

  • Annex 5 (MS Word document) - A key with symptoms linked to frequently occurring damage causes. However keep in mind that these are possible damage causes, other factors may cause similar symptoms. Diagnosis should always be confirmed by an expert phytopathologist whenever possible.

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