Cigar end rot

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<b>Cigar-end rot</b> symptoms on banana fingers
Monique Hunziker/BioVision, 2006
Is this a Minor Pest?
Minor Pest Title

The cigar end rot disease (<i>Trachysphaera fructigena</i>)

Minor Pest Description

It is a fungal disease that can attack the ripening fruit of banana, causing a dry rot of the flower end that produces an ash grey wrinkled lesion similar to the burnt end of a cigar. In storage or during transport the disease may progress to involve the whole fruit. Symptoms are: lesions, abnormal shape, visible mould.

The disease is usually of minor significance and seldom requires targeted control.

Minor Pest What to do.
  • Practise sanitation.
  • Avoid damage to the fruit and deflower 8-11 days after fruit bunch emergence.
  • Bagging of maturing banana stems.
Minor Pest Position
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Pest Type
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