The cigar end rot disease (<i>Trachysphaera fructigena</i>)
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.
- Practise sanitation.
- Avoid damage to the fruit and deflower 8-11 days after fruit bunch emergence.
- Bagging of maturing banana stems.