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Postharvest Fruit Rots in Apples Caused by Botrytis cinerea, Phacidiopycnis washingtonensis, and Sphaeropsis pyriputrescens

C. L. Xiao and Y. K. Kim

September 2008


Postharvest fruit rot diseases can be a limiting factor for storage of apples, and identifying target pathogens is the first necessary step for development and implementation of relevant measures for disease control. However, the symptoms of two new diseases, Sphaeropsis rot and speck rot, are similar to those of gray mold, and the two newly recognized diseases are often misdiagnosed as gray mold. The objective of this article is to provide a practical guide to diagnosis of these three diseases in apples.


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