Ramjegathesh Rajendran, Adesh Ramsubhag and Jayaraj JayaramanThe University of the West Indies - Trinidad and TobagoE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Host: Capsicum annuum L. (Sweet pepper)Disease name: AnthracnosePathogen name: Colletotrichum sp.
Symptoms appear mostly on ripened fruit; hence, the disease is also called ripe-fruit rot. Circular, sunken spots with black margins and covered with a pinkish mass of fungal spores appear on the fruit. As the disease progresses, the spots spread, forming concentric lesions with dark fructifications representing the fungal acervuli. When a diseased fruit is cut open, the lower surface of the skin is covered with minute, spherical, black stromatic masses or sclerotia of the fungus. A mat of fungal hyphae covers the seeds. Such seeds turn rust colored. Affected fruits are deformed and white and lose their pungency.
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