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Jackfruit Rhizopus rot (324)

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  • Worldwide distribution. In soil, and on many hosts. Minor disease of jackfruit, whereas soft fruit and vegetables infected through wounds. In field, rots during long, wet weather; in storage, rots when temperatures and humidty high.
  • On flowers and young fruits. On mature fruits, soft, watery, brown spots covered in grey-brown, later black, furry mould. Fruit symptoms occur on tree and in storage.
  • Spread by spores in air; thick-walled spores for survival in soil, on plant debris, on seed.
  • Cultural control: prune to encourage air flow; remove infected fruits from trees, and ground; harvest and transport carefully; avoid storage at high humidity; if possible, store <10°C; clean packing shed, and use clean bins.
  • Chemical control: use mancozeb, benzimidazole, or triazole. To improve storage, apply 10-day pre-harvest spray.
Common Name

Jackfruit Rhizopus fruit rot

Scientific Name

Rhizopus stolonifer; previous names are Mucor stolifer, Rhizopus artocarpi, Rhizopus nigricans.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Eric McKenzie 
Information from Soft rot of Jackfruit (undated) Plantwide Knowledge Bank. (; and Trakunsukharat P, et al. (2011) Rhizopus rot (Rhizopus stolonifer): PaDIL -; and from (including Photos 1,2&4) McKenzie E (2013) (Rhizopus stolonifer): PaDIL - ( Photo 3 Ellen Iramu, Honiara, Solomon Islands.

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