This disease, also called Iron Spot, is caused by the fungal pathogen, Cercospora coffeicola and tends to present itself on coffee plants grown in areas of higher. General information. Cercospora leaf spot is a common disease in beetroot and silver beet but is usually unimportant in well-managed crops. It may be a. Abstract. Brown eye spot, caused by Cercospora coffeicola, is an important disease of coffee. Both adaxial and abaxial leaf surfaces were inoculated with a.

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Conidia of Cercospora citrullina become airborne and may be carried great distances on moist winds. This damages membrane lipids resulting in cell death and nutrient leakage. This fact sheet is a part of the app Pacific Pests and Pathogens.

Cercospora Leaf Spot

The fungus is not known to infect fruit. In Hawaii, farmers often spray tri-annually, using 1. A Photoactivated Toxin in Plant Disease”. Arabica coffee infected with Cercospora berry blotch. Look for brown irregular to oval spots on the berries. Spores of the fungus form in the grey centres. The disease is usually a problem when coffee plants are not growing well because of poor nutrition or too little shade.

The germ tubes aggregate and penetrate the plant cercosporz the stomata or cracks in the leaf surface. Retrieved from ” https: Back to Main Menu.

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Diseases caused by Cercospora” PDF. Three spays of copper usually applied monthly beginning at flowering are usually enough to provide control of this fungus.


Many fungicides are available for managing the disease.

If on the leaves, conidia are produced 38 days after inoculation. Severely affected leaves wither and die from coalescing lesions.

The spores are spread by wind and rain splash, and need water to germinate. They appear glassy and have a conspicuous hilum. As the lesion matures, it becomes deeply depressed with an ashy center and may penetrate down to the coffee bean to affect the bean quality and taste.

Lesions with surrounding chlorotic halos may coalesce and turn leaves yellow. Infected red cherries also have large, dark areas of sunken flesh. There are 40 cercosporra in the genus Coffea family Rubiaceae that are susceptible to the disease caused by M. Coffee seedlings showing small brown spots of Cercospora coffeicola.

Cercospora citrullina survives on crop debris, volunteers and cucurbit weeds. Cercospora Leaf Spot Scroll for More. Contact Us Nebraska plant pathology specialists, their focus areas, and contact information: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The pseudostromata produce conidiophores borne in clusters that serve as conidia-bearing structures. These differing symptoms help explain the various common names for the disease: Larger leaf spots which are circular to irregularly circular develop on other cucurbits.

To manage humidity a farmer can prune to allow for air circulation and ensure the soil has proper drainage. Look for the characteristic spots on the leaves with light brown sometimes grey centres, brown outside, surrounded cedcospora yellow margins.

Conidiophores and conidia are formed here, and then dispersed by wind or by water.

Fact sheet – Coffee brown-eye spot ()

Favorable environmental conditions around the equator are warm and humid wet seasons followed by a warm and dry season. Sphaerella coffeicola Cooke Cercospora coffeicola Berk. After the spores land on the plant surface, one to several germ tubes are produced.


Rivista di Patologia Vegetale. A diagnostic feature is the presence of tiny black dots pseudostromata that form in leaf substomatal cavities within the grayish-tan lesions. Plant symptoms such as chlorosis, leaf curling, and bronzing along the edges of leaves can be used to diagnose specific nutrient deficiencies. To avoid wilting stress plants should be properly irrigated.

If it is required, in voffeicola or plantations, use: Corn and sorghum Stephen N. Mycosphaerella coffeicola is the name of the sexual form of the fungus; the disease is also known by the asexual form, Cercospora coffeicola. Dry bean, sugar beet, and sunflower. This disease is usually found only on the foliage, but if the environment is suitable, symptoms may also occur on petioles and stems.

Host plants include many weed species such as lambsquarters, pigweed, mallow, and bindweed.

Black Root of Cucurbits. Soilborne pathogens, biological control, sustainable production Loren Giesler Phone: Although defoliation from the disease may reduce fruit size and quality, serious economic losses are rare.

Often, other fungi invade the berries following infections of Cercospora. Cercospora leaf spot occurs on all cucurbits but is most common on watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumber. Once humid coffeico,a return, conidia infect new plants or plant parts.