First report of Monilinia fructicola in Chile
In autumn 2013, fruit of Japanese plum (Prunus salicina cvs. ‘Angelino’ and ‘Black Kat’) developed an unusual brown and soft rot after 2 months in cold storage (0°C). These fruit had been harvested from orchards located near San Francisco de Mostazal in Chile. Laboratory analysis (morphology, molecular and pathogenicity tests) confirmed the presence of Monilinia fructicola (EPPO A2 List) in diseased plums. As M. fructicola is a quarantine pest in Chile, official control measures were put into place.
The situation of Monilinia fructicola in Chile can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2013, restricted to Prunus orchards between Santiago and Nancagua (Central Chile), under official control.
Latorre BA, Díaz GA, Valencia AL, Naranjo P, Ferrada EE, Torres R, Zoffoli JP (2014) First report of Monilinia fructicola causing brown rot on stored Japanese plum fruit in Chile. Plant Disease 98(1), p 160.