Mummy berry disease of blueberry.
Photo courtesy of NCSU
Cooperative Extension Service
Blueberries may be nutritional powerhouses, but some types are no match for the fungus Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, which causes “mummy berry” disease.
Fortunately, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists …
Cold-injured blueberry stems develop a characteristic dead, hook-shaped tip.
By Dr. Elina Coneva, Auburn University
The following article is prepared based on a synopsis of information provided by Dr. Phil Brannen (UGA), Dr. Gerard Krewer (UGA Professor Emeritus)…
Scorch symptoms (late summer) observed
on plants infected with Xylella fastidiosa.
Photo courtesy of University of Ga. CES.
The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa is the causal agent of bacterial leaf scorch of blueberry, which primarily affects cultivars of southern highbush blueberries(interspecific …
Stem cankers are identified by thickening of the stem.
Botryosphaeria stem canker, caused by the fungus Botryosphaeria corticis, is a disease of both highbush and rabbiteye blueberries throughout the Southeastern United States. This disease is usually associated with injuries …
Phomopsis twig blight, caused by the fungus Phomopsis spp. (including P. vaccinii), can be a serious disease if allowed to buildup in a blueberry planting. This disease is frequently more severe following winters characterized by excessive temperature fluctuations and …
Cross-section of blueberry stem
showing brown discoloration
caused by the fungus
Image courtesy of NCSU CES.
The control of stem blight depends on cultural practices; fungicides do not provide adequate protection.
Having a clean planting stock is the …
Early symptoms of stem blight on blueberries are yellowing, reddening
or drying of leaves on one or more
branches. Photo courtesy of NCSU
Cooperative Extension Service.
Blueberry stem blight caused by the fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea and other Botryosphaeria species is …
Rabbiteye cultivars suffer from pre-
mature defoliation that appears
to be caused by a rust fungus,
tentatively identified as
Pucciniastrum vaccinii (Synonym P.
myrtillus). Photo courtesy of
NCSU Cooperative Extension Service.
Leaf rust, caused by the rust fungus, Pucciniastrum vaccinii …
Alternaria Leaf Spot (Alternaria tenuissima) occurs primarily in the spring during prolonged periods of cool wet weather, when spores are produced in abundance. In most cases only lower leaves are affected; however, instances do occur when severe infection completely defoliates …
Gloeosporium Leaf Spot or Anthracnose
can produce flecking, leaf anthracnose
and stem lesions. Photo courtesy of
NCSU Cooperative Extension Service
Gloeosporium leaf spot can cause severe defoliation and reduction in yield of blueberry crops.