Have you seen bacterial heart rot/bacterial fruit collapse symptoms?
If you see bacterial heart rot/bacterial fruit collapse symptoms, report them to Biosecurity Queensland immediately. Do not move plant material off your property - this can spread the disease.
Early detection is vital.
Call us on 13 25 23
Bacterial heart rot and fruit collapse of pineapple occur in Brazil, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Malaysia and the Philippines. A soft rot pathogen is a causal agent of the diseases. The development of blister-like lesions on the centre-most leaves and soft rot on mature fruits are characteristics of the diseases. The symptoms may remain latent (not visible) in pineapple fruit until 2 to 3 weeks before ripening. The diseases have the potential to damage the pineapple industry. The pathogen is not known to be harmful to human health.
In bacterial heart rot:
In fruit collapse:
Can spread locally and distant through infected plant material, plant debris, the wind, wind-blown rain, insects, soil, irrigation water and contaminated machinery.
|Monitoring and action|
Inspect fields regularly for symptoms of the diseases, typically:
Remove infected plants immediately.
Report symptoms to Biosecurity Queensland 13 25 23.
|Diseases can spread through asymptomatic planting materials. Therefore, it is important to have quarantine restrictions on the movement of planting materials from infested areas.|