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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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Mycosphaerella coffeicola is a sexually reproducing fungal plant pathogen. It is most commonly referred to as the asexual organism Cercospora coffeicola.

Cercospora Leaf Spot

There are 40 species in the genus Coffea family Rubiaceae that are susceptible to the disease caused by M. These are often crrcospora the coffee “cherries”. Each fruit contains 2 seeds i. These differing symptoms help explain the various common names for the disease: This halo is caused by the toxin cercosporinproduced by Cercospora species. In general, lesions of this species are able to fuse, and can form large irregular areas of necrotic tissue.

Infected red cherries also have large, dark areas of sunken flesh. At this stage, fruit is susceptible to attack by opportunistic bacteria cercoapora fungi such as Colletotrichum gloeosporioidesthough symptoms from these organisms should not be falsely attributed to M. Disease is often affected by the environment and the changing conditions.

Favorable environmental conditions around the equator are warm and humid wet seasons followed by a warm and dry season. A nitrogen-deficient plant as well as a plant with ecrcospora nitrogen favors disease prevalence, making well-timed fertilizer applications important. Conidia ocffeicola Mycosphaerella coffeicola are produced year-round and enter the coffee plant through stomata on the underside of a leaf, or through the epidermal cuticle on the upper leaf surface.


Inter- and intracellular hyphal growth creates vegetative lesions where sporulation occurs. Conidiophores and conidia are formed here, and then dispersed by wind or by water. Conidia are elongated, multiseptate, and either straight or slightly curved. They appear glassy and have a conspicuous hilum. Once humid conditions return, conidia infect new plants or plant parts. Prevention is the most effective method of managing M.

Risk factors for this pathogen include: To manage humidity a farmer can prune to allow for air circulation and ensure the soil has proper drainage. Plant symptoms such as chlorosis, leaf curling, and bronzing along the edges of leaves can cpffeicola used to diagnose specific nutrient deficiencies. For example if a plant has leaves bronzed along edges, cupped down-ward; new leaves dead; eventual die back of shoot tips, then it is likely the plant has a calcium deficiency.

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Stress can further be minimized if post and pre-harvest damage by machinery or laborers is avoided. To avoid wilting stress crcospora should be properly irrigated. In Hawaii, farmers often spray tri-annually, using 1. Three spray applications per season should suffice occurring approximately once per monthbeginning at flowering. Thorough coverage of the plant canopy is very important.

Coffee is the 15th most valuable traded commodity in the world [9]. There are approximately 25 million farmers and coffee workers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee around the world. The genus Cercospora shows a wide variety of infection processes; even a single species can show different patterns on different hosts. In the dark, cercosporin lacks toxicity but when exposed to light, it is converted into a toxic form of activated oxygen.


This damages membrane lipids resulting in cell death and nutrient leakage. The pathogen uses the leaked nutrients as an energy source. Lesions on infected berries produce conidia 17 days after inoculation.

If on the leaves, conidia are produced 38 days after inoculation. After the spores land on the plant surface, one to several germ tubes are produced. The germ tubes aggregate and penetrate the plant via the stomata or cracks in the leaf surface. 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.

There is conflicting information if fungal strains on berries can infect leaves and vice versa. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mycosphaerella coffeicola Arabica coffee infected with Cercospora berry blotch Scientific classification Kingdom: Diseases caused by Cercospora” PDF.

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Mycosphaerella coffeicola – Wikipedia

Arabica coffee infected with Cercospora berry blotch. Mycosphaerella coffeicola Cooke J. Sphaerella coffeicola Cooke Cercospora coffeicola Berk. Curtis Ramularia goeldiana Sacc.