Worldwide distribution. In soil, and on many hosts. Minor disease of jackfruit, whereas soft fruit and vegetables infected through wounds. In field, rots during long, wet weather; in storage, rots when temperatures and humidty high.
On flowers and young fruits. On mature fruits, soft, watery, brown spots covered in grey-brown, later black, furry mould. Fruit symptoms occur on tree and in storage.
Spread by spores in air; thick-walled spores for survival in soil, on plant debris, on seed.
Cultural control: prune to encourage air flow; remove infected fruits from trees, and ground; harvest and transport carefully; avoid storage at high humidity; if possible, store <10°C; clean packing shed, and use clean bins.
Chemical control: use mancozeb, benzimidazole, or triazole. To improve storage, apply 10-day pre-harvest spray.