African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5210

Short Communication

New record of twig blight on Catharanthus roseus in India

  Pankaj Sharma*, P. D. Meena and Y. P. Singh
Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research (ICAR), Bharatpur 321 303, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 August 2013
  •  Published: 20 September 2013


During post rainy season 2011, twig blight disease symptoms were observed on Catharanthus roseus. Symptoms appeared as dark brown to black girdling lesions on the twigs. Acervuli containing masses of spores and dark setae were observed within lesions. On the basis of fungal morphology and completion of Koch’s postulates, the pathogen was identified as Colletotrichum gloeosporioides (Penz.) Penz.& Sacc.


Key words: Twig blight, Catharanthus roseus, Colletotrichum gloeosporioides