SYMPTOMATOLOGY AND MORPHO-CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PHOMOPSIS FRUIT OF BRINJAL CAUSED BY PHOMOPSIS VEXANS IN KASHMIRAli Anwar, Mudasir Bhat, Nisar Ganaie, V. K. Ambardar, Mir G. Hassan, Mudasir Hassan, Ghulam Hassan, Asif Ahmad and Arif Hussain
The pathogen associated with the disease was identified as Phomopsis vexans (Sacc. & Syd.) Harter. In earlier stages of the fruit rot development, spots are oval, light pale brown slightly sunken which later on turned dark brown in colour with irregular margins. Maximum fruit rot development in the field was observed during the month of August and spots attained maximum size of 26.7 mm dia. The pathogen produced white circular colony in vitro with profuse mycelium, which later turned to grayish white with compact mycelium. Pycnidia (177.5´152.0 μm) appear in concentric rings having hyaline, guttulated, elliptical, subcylindrical, one celled alpha conidia (6.2~2.4μm) and hyaline, filliform, curved beta conidia(15.7´1.3 μm).
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