Kerala researchers detect fungal disease in jackfruit

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Kerala researchers detect fungal disease in jackfruit

  • Compared with other fruits, jackfruit is considered relatively free of diseases, but now, researchers have reported the emergence of a new fungal disease in jackfruit.

Highlights of the research

  • It is perhaps the first time that fruit rot caused by fungus Athelia rolfsii is being reported in jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) in India.
  • The research warrants immediate attention.
  • One disease which is found in immature jackfruit is Rhizopus fruit rot, but it does not affect mature fruit.
  • IFSRS has now launched a study on how disease can be managed in jackfruit.

The fungus

  • Athelia rolfsii is a soil-borne fungal pathogen with a wide host range.
  • It attacks various commercially cultivated crops belonging to different families.

Prelims take away

  • Athelia rolfsii
  • Jackfruit cultivation in India