Monilinia fructicola detected in Andalucía (ES)
During summer 2011 Japanese plum fruit (Prunus salicina cv. ‘Larry Ann’) showing symptoms of brown rot were observed in an experimental field at Alcalá del Río (province of Sevilla, Andalucía) in Spain. Fruit rot lesions were brown, sunken and covered with greyish brown tufts or pustules. The majority of the infected plums dried and mummified on the trees within 30 days. Laboratory analysis (morphology, PCR, inoculation studies) confirmed the presence of Monilinia fructicola (EPPO A2 List) in affected plums. Isolated outbreaks of M. fructicola had previously been detected in other regions of Spain (Aragón, Cataluña and Extremadura, EPPO RS 2006/046, 2009/182), but this is the first time that the disease is detected in Andalucía.
The situation of Monilinia fructicola in Spain can be described as follows: Present, isolated outbreaks reported in Andalucía, Aragón, Cataluña and Extremadura.
Arroyo FT, Camacho M, Daza A (2012) First report of fruit rot on plum caused by Monilinia fructicola at Alcalá del Río (Seville), Southwestern Spain. Plant Disease 96(4), p 590.