First report of Monilinia fructicola in Serbia on stored apples
In February 2011, during a survey for fungal postharvest pathogens in cold storage conditions, apple fruit (Malus domestica) grown and stored in the Grocka region, Serbia, were collected. All pathogens from symptomatic fruit were isolated on growing media (PDA). One fungus isolate from apple fruit (M. domestica cv. ‘Golden Delicious’) showing symptoms of brown rot was identified as Monilinia fructicola (EPPO A2 List) based on morphological and molecular characteristics. This is the first time that M. fructicola is reported from Serbia. It is acknowledged that further studies are needed to determine the distribution of M. fructicola in Serbia and assess its economic impact.
The situation of Monilinia fructicola in Serbia can be described as follows: Present, first detected in 2011 on stored apples (originally grown in the Grocka region).
Vasić M, Duduk N, Ivanović MM, Obradović A, Ivanović MS (2012) First report of brown rot caused by Monilina fructicola on stored apple in Serbia. Plant Disease 96(3), p 456