EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2018 Num. article: 2018/179

First report of Phyllosticta citricarpa in India

In December 2016, symptoms of citrus black spot were observed for the first time in India. The disease was found on mandarins (Citrus reticulata) and sweet oranges (C. sinensis) in 2 orchards located in Mohpa and Kachimet (Nagpur district, Maharashtra). Citrus black spot symptoms were then also observed on mandarins and oranges at the fresh fruit market of Nagpur. Laboratory studies (molecular and pathogenicity tests) of single-spore cultures obtained from citrus fruit lesions confirmed the presence of Phyllosticta citricarpa (EPPO A1 list). This is the first time that citrus black spot is reported from India. 

The situation of Phyllosticta citricarpa in India can be described as follows: Present, only in some areas (first found in 2016 in Maharashtra).


Das AK, Nerkar S, Kumar A (2018) First report of Phyllosticta citricarpa causing citrus black spot on Citrus sinensis and C. reticulata in India. Plant Disease 102(8), p 1661. https://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/full/10.1094/PDIS-08-17-1248-PDN