Submitted to: Mississippi Vaccinium Journal
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/18/2012
Publication Date: 9/21/2012
Citation: Smith, B.J. 2012. Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot. Trade Journal Publication. 1(3):10-12.
Technical Abstract: During the past five or so years blueberry growers in south Mississippi have discovered the disease Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot on some of their blueberry plants. In the past this disease was considered to be of minor importance occurring infrequently on isolated farms. But in recent years it has been reported more often and has been responsible for significant fruit loss on some farms and resulted in at least one farm being abandoned. The fruit spot stage of this disease was identified in North Carolina in 1997, and the disease has now been reported on rabbiteye, highbush, and southern highbush blueberry cultivars throughout the blueberry growing areas of the southeastern United States. This article gives current information on symptoms, disease cycle and control of this disease.