Studies on post-harvest mycoflora of coffee cherry of robusta.
In Karnataka, India, coffee fruits were collected from the drying yard during the first 8 days of drying. Berries were taken to the laboratory and used for studying the fungi associated with them after an incubation period ranging from 2 to 9 days. Identified were: Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus ochraceus and Actinomycetales. In general, fungi such as Penicillium sp., Aspergillus spp. and Cladosporium sp. were associated with the ripe berries of robusta (canephora) coffee during post-harvest processing. From the mycoflora Penicillium, yeast (pink colour) and Cladosporium developed immediately after inoculation but did not spread further during the study period (i.e. during the drying period) whereas Aspergillus and Actinomycetales developed continuously. KEYWORDS: TROPAG | Coffea canephora | Post Harvest Operations | coffee | post harvest diseases | fungi | India | Karnataka.