Fruit rot of Strawberry pear (pitaya) caused by Bipolaris cactivora
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Strawberry pear (pitahaya, pitaya) [Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) Britt. and Rose] postharvest fruit rot was found at an agricultural products store in Itoman city, Okinawa Prefecture in 2006. The symptoms included depressed, water-soaked lesions with olive to black powdery spots coalescing into a soft rot. The causal fungus was identified as Bipolaris cactivora (Petrak) Alcorn. This is the first report of strawberry pear fruit rot caused by B. cactivora.
KeywordsPitaya Fruit rot Bipolaris cactivora Water-soaked lesions Black powdery spot
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