A Microscopic Characterization of the Infection of Green and Red Pepper Fruits by an Isolate of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides

Boung J. Oh, Ki Deok Kim, Young Soon Kim

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Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is a common pathogenic fungus in many plants. To investigate the specificity of the isolate C. gloeosporioides to green fruits, fungal behaviours and anthracnose development on green and red pepper fruits were compared using light and stereo microscopic techniques. When the isolate of C. gloeosporioides was inoculated on both green and red fruits, conidial germination, appressoria, and infection hyphae were observed on both fruits within 24 h after inoculation. The fungal invasion and colonization continued to the epidermal cells of green fruits, but not to those of red ones. Initial anthracnose symptoms were detected only on green fruits at 2 days after inoculation resulting in typical sunken necrosis within 5 days after inoculation. Thus the specificity of the isolate to green fruits may be due to successful invasion and colonization of the infection hyphae from appressoria into the epidermal cells through epicuticular layers of green pepper fruits, but not on red ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-303
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Phytopathology
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jul 1


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  • Plant Science

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