versão impressa ISSN 0100-4158
VIANA, FRANCISCO M. P. et al. Post-harvest basal rot of coconut fruits in the State of Ceará, Brazil. Fitopatol. bras. [online]. 2002, vol.27, n.5, pp. 545-545. ISSN 0100-4158. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-41582002000500020.
A new post-harvest disease of coconut (Cocos nucifera) was recently detected in fruits exported to European countries. The main symptoms are the blacking and cracking of basal parts of the fruits. Water oozing may occurs as the infection progresses. The fungus Lasiodiplodia theobromae has been frequently isolated from the lesions. Inoculation tests proved that this pathogen is the causal agent of the coconut fruit basal rot. This is the first occurrence of this post-harvest disease in Brazil.