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First report of Colletotrichum acutatum sensu stricto causing postharvest rot on pomegranate fruit in Italy.

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In 2016, anthracnose symptoms were observed on 11% of cold-stored pomegranate (Punica granatum) cv. Wonderful fruit from a packinghouse in the province of Lecce, Apulia, Italy. Lesions were circular, concentric, and brown with darker spots. Increasing in diameter, those soft sunken lesions merged, and white mycelium and black acervuli grew on them. Based on morphological characteristics, DNA sequence analysis and pathogenicity tests, the causal agent was identified as C. acutatum sensu stricto. This is thought to be the first report of postharvest rot caused by this pathogen on pomegranate fruit in Italy.