African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5211

Short Communication

Heart rot caused by Aspergillus niger through splitting in leathery skin of pomegranate fruit

Hany M. Yehia  
Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Food and Agriculture Sciences, King Saud University, Al-Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 January 2013
  •  Published: 26 February 2013


The pomegranate trees are not affected by any serious disease but the fruit can be damaged by heart rot caused by different fungi and bacteria or after invasion of the insect.Twenty-six (26) samples of splitting pomegranate fruits from different orchards near Cairo, Egypt were examined, and they showed that they contain a spore of Aspergillus niger which may reach the heart of the fruits during the period of growth until harvesting the mature fruits. The aim of the study was to prove if the infection happened during blooming or through splitting of leathery skin and other microorganism's subsequently the fungi, such as Erwinia sp. and Saccharomyces sp.


Key words: Pomegranate, disease, Aspergillus niger, split, heart rot