First report of Colletotrichum coccodes causing fruit anthracnose and leaf Spot on sweet pepper in Taiwan.
Sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum) is a high-value vegetable crop in Taiwan. In August 2016, a new disease was found infecting about 10% of sweet pepper cv. Andalus plants in a highland farm in Nantou County. The disease lesions were brown, circular to irregular and with scattered black dots on leaves and sunken brown to dark black lesions with orange conidial masses and black acervuli on fruits. The causal pathogen was isolated and identified as Colletotrichum coccodes based on morphological, molecular and pathogenicity analyses. This is thought to be the first report of C. coccodes and anthracnose disease of pepper caused by this pathogen in Taiwan.