Black Spot of Strawberries, Capsicum Anthracnose

Colletotrichum acutatum


A fungus disease of leaves and fruit. On Strawberries it appears as small, round, 3 mm diameter black spots on nearly ripe fruit that increase in size to about 20 mm diameter with sunken centres. White hyphae growth and masses of pink spores may form in humid weather on the spots. Symptoms sometimes only appear during storage.

Species Affected:

Capsicum, Peppers, Strawberry.


Favoured by warm, humid weather.
Dead leaves and rotting berries are common sources of infection.
Spore may be spread during picking.

Life Cycle:

Origin and History:



Management and Control:

Don't plant diseased runners.
Water early to reduce the times plants are wet.
Pick all fruit.
Apply fungicides.

Related and Similar Species:

(McMaugh, 1985)



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