First report of Monilinia fructicola in Slovenia
In August 2009, symptoms of brown rot (fruit lesions, mummified fruits) were observed in Slovenia on mature peaches (Prunus persica cv. ‘Royal Glory’). Affected fruits were found in a 5-year-old orchard in the region of Goriška (western part of Slovenia). The pathogen was isolated in pure culture and identified on the basis of morphological and molecular characters. The presence of Monilinia fructicola (EPPO A2 List) was detected in diseased fruits. In September 2009, peach and nectarine orchards located within a 5 km radius from the outbreak site were surveyed and M. fructicola was confirmed on mummified fruits from 7 orchards. The pathogen was not detected in orchards from other regions. This is the first record of M. fructicola in Slovenia.
The situation of Monilinia fructicola in Slovenia can be described as follows: Present, first detected in 2009, in a limited number of orchards in Goriška region (West of Slovenia).
Munda A, Viršček Marn M (2010) First report of brown rot caused by Monilinia fructicola affecting peach orchards in Slovenia. Plant Disease 94(9), p 1166.