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Ceratocystis paradoxa
(black rot of pineapple)



Ceratocystis paradoxa (black rot of pineapple)


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  • 03 January 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Ceratocystis paradoxa
  • Preferred Common Name
  • black rot of pineapple
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Fungi
  •     Phylum: Ascomycota
  •       Subphylum: Pezizomycotina
  •         Class: Sordariomycetes

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Infection of sugarcane cuttings by C. paradoxa; affected tissues first develop a reddish colour which turns to brownish-black.
TitleSymptoms on sugarcane cuttings
CaptionInfection of sugarcane cuttings by C. paradoxa; affected tissues first develop a reddish colour which turns to brownish-black.
CopyrightMauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute
Infection of sugarcane cuttings by C. paradoxa; affected tissues first develop a reddish colour which turns to brownish-black.
Symptoms on sugarcane cuttingsInfection of sugarcane cuttings by C. paradoxa; affected tissues first develop a reddish colour which turns to brownish-black.Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute
Infection of maize cob by C. paradoxa.
TitleSymptoms on maize cob
CaptionInfection of maize cob by C. paradoxa.
CopyrightMauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute
Infection of maize cob by C. paradoxa.
Symptoms on maize cobInfection of maize cob by C. paradoxa.Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute
Black rot of pineapple fruit.
TitleC. paradoxa in pineapple
CaptionBlack rot of pineapple fruit.
Copyright©Anna L. Snowdon
Black rot of pineapple fruit.
C. paradoxa in pineappleBlack rot of pineapple fruit.©Anna L. Snowdon
Spores of C. paradoxa (x 400).
CaptionSpores of C. paradoxa (x 400).
CopyrightMauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute
Spores of C. paradoxa (x 400).
SporesSpores of C. paradoxa (x 400).Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Ceratocystis paradoxa (Dade) C. Moreau

Preferred Common Name

  • black rot of pineapple

Other Scientific Names

  • Ceratostomella paradoxa Dade
  • Chalara paradoxa (De Seynes) Sacc.
  • Chalara thielavioides (Peyr.) Nag Raj & Kendr.
  • Chalaropsis thielavioides Peyr.
  • Endoconidium fragrans E.G. Lacroix
  • Hughesiella euricoi Bat. & A.F. Vital
  • Ophiostoma paradoxa (Dade) Nannf.
  • Ophiostoma paradoxum
  • Sporoschisma paradoxum De Seynes
  • Stilbochalara dimorpha Ferd. & Winge
  • Thielaviopsis ethacetica Went
  • Thielaviopsis paradoxa (De Seynes) Höhn.
  • Thielaviopsis thielavioides (Peyr.) A.E. Paulin, T.C. Harr. & McNew

International Common Names

  • English: base rot; bitten leaf of coconut; black end of banana; black rot; black rot of sugarcane; black scorch of date palm; bleeding stem of coconut; bulb rot; crown decay of date palm; crown rot of banana; dry basal rot of coconut; dry basal rot of oil palm; finger tip rot of banana; fruit rot; head rot of date palm; heart rot of date palm; leaf rot of coconut; pineapple disease of sugarcane; pod rot of cocoa; post-harvest rot; root rot of coconut; sett rot of sugarcane; soft rot; stalk rot of banana; stalk rot of pineapple; sugarcane black rot; water blister of pineapple
  • Spanish: corazon negro de la cana; enfermedad de la piña; mal de pina; marchitez barbada; marchitez barbada de los arboles frutales; pie negro criptogamico; podredumbre de raicillas; pudredumbre basal seca; pudricion esquejes cana azucar
  • French: maladie de l'ananas; moisissure chevelue; moisissure chevelue des arbres fruitiers; pourriture couronnee du bananier; pourriture couronnee du palmier-dattier; pourriture des boutures; pourriture du fruit de l'ananas; pourriture molle de l'ananas; pourriture noire; pourriture noire de l'ananas

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Ananaskrankheit: Zuckerrohr; Fruchtfaeule; Kronenfaeule: Ananas; Kronenfaeule: Banane; Nassfaeule; Weichfaeule
  • Togo: kain cope
  • Tunisia: madjnoon

EPPO code

  • CERAPA (Ceratocystis paradoxa)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Fungi
  •         Phylum: Ascomycota
  •             Subphylum: Pezizomycotina
  •                 Class: Sordariomycetes
  •                     Subclass: Hypocreomycetidae
  •                         Order: Microascales
  •                             Family: Ceratocystidaceae
  •                                 Genus: Ceratocystis
  •                                     Species: Ceratocystis paradoxa

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


BangladeshWidespreadRamhan et al., 1989
British Indian Ocean TerritoryWidespreadCMI, 1987
Brunei DarussalamPresentCMI, 1987
ChinaWidespreadCMI, 1987
-FujianPresentChen and Yang, 2002
-HainanPresentYu et al., 2012; Tang et al., 2014; Yu et al., 2016
-HunanPresentXu and Huang, 2001
-JiangsuPresentCMI, 1987
Cocos IslandsPresentCMI, 1987
IndiaWidespreadCMI, 1987
-Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPresentCMI, 1987
-AssamWidespreadChaudhari, 1948; CMI, 1987
-GoaWidespreadRao et al., 1992
-Indian PunjabPresentCMI, 1987
-KarnatakaWidespreadCMI, 1987; Sastry et al., 1989
-KeralaWidespreadCMI, 1987; Rao et al., 1992
-LakshadweepPresentCMI, 1987
-MaharashtraWidespreadCMI, 1987
-OdishaPresentMishra et al., 1989
-Tamil NaduWidespreadCMI, 1987; Shah et al., 1990
-Uttar PradeshWidespreadTewari et al., 1988
IndonesiaPresentCMI, 1987
-JavaPresentCMI, 1987
-SumatraPresentCMI, 1987
IranPresentCMI, 1987
IraqPresentCMI, 1987
JapanPresentCMI, 1987
KuwaitWidespreadMubarak et al., 1994
MalaysiaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-SabahPresentCMI, 1987
-SarawakPresentCMI, 1987
MyanmarPresentCMI, 1987
PakistanPresentCMI, 1987
PhilippinesPresentCMI, 1987
QatarPresentAbbas and Abdulla, 2003
Saudi ArabiaWidespreadAl Rokibah et al., 1998
Sri LankaPresentCMI, 1987
TaiwanPresentCMI, 1987; Tzeng et al., 2010
ThailandPresentCMI, 1987
VietnamPresentCMI, 1987


AlgeriaPresentCMI, 1987
AngolaPresentCMI, 1987
Burkina FasoPresentCMI, 1987
CameroonPresentCMI, 1987
CongoPresentCMI, 1987
Congo Democratic RepublicPresentCMI, 1987
Côte d'IvoirePresentCMI, 1987
EgyptPresentCMI, 1987
EthiopiaPresentCMI, 1987
GhanaPresentCMI, 1987
GuineaPresentCMI, 1987
KenyaPresentCMI, 1987
LibyaPresentGariani et al., 1994
MadagascarPresentCMI, 1987
MalawiPresentCMI, 1987
MauritaniaPresentCMI, 1987
MauritiusPresentCMI, 1987
MoroccoPresentCMI, 1987
MozambiquePresentCMI, 1987
NigeriaPresentCMI, 1987
RéunionPresentCMI, 1987
Sao Tome and PrincipePresentVovlas et al., 1994
SenegalPresentCMI, 1987
Sierra LeonePresentCMI, 1987
SomaliaPresentCMI, 1987
South AfricaPresentCMI, 1987; Nkuekam et al., 2013
-Canary IslandsPresentHernandez-Hernandez et al., 1988; Hernandez-Hernandez and Sala Mayato, 1990
SwazilandPresentCMI, 1987
TanzaniaPresentCMI, 1987
TogoPresentCMI, 1987
TunisiaPresentCMI, 1987
UgandaPresentCMI, 1987
ZimbabwePresentCMI, 1987

North America

MexicoPresentCMI, 1987
Saint Pierre and MiquelonPresentCMI, 1987
USAPresentCMI, 1987
-CaliforniaWidespreadStreets, 1933
-FloridaWidespreadRaid, 1990
-HawaiiPresentCMI, 1987

Central America and Caribbean

Antigua and BarbudaPresentCMI, 1987
BarbadosPresentCMI, 1987
BelizePresentCMI, 1987
Cayman IslandsPresentCMI, 1987
Costa RicaPresentCMI, 1987
CubaPresentCMI, 1987
CuraçaoPresentCMI, 1987
DominicaPresentCMI, 1987
Dominican RepublicPresentCMI, 1987
El SalvadorPresentCMI, 1987
GuadeloupePresentCMI, 1987
GuatemalaPresentCMI, 1987
HaitiPresentCMI, 1987
HondurasPresentCMI, 1987
JamaicaPresentCMI, 1987
MartiniquePresentCMI, 1987
NicaraguaPresentCMI, 1987
PanamaPresentCMI, 1987
Puerto RicoPresentCMI, 1987
Saint Kitts and NevisPresentCMI, 1987
Saint LuciaPresentCMI, 1987
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesPresentCMI, 1987
Trinidad and TobagoPresentCMI, 1987

South America

ArgentinaPresentCMI, 1987
BrazilPresentCMI, 1987
-PiauiPresentViana and Silva, 2001
ColombiaPresentCMI, 1987
EcuadorPresentCMI, 1987
French GuianaPresentHubert et al., 2014
GuyanaPresentCMI, 1987
ParaguayPresentCMI, 1987
PeruPresentCMI, 1987
SurinamePresentCMI, 1987
UruguayPresentCMI, 1987; Gepp et al., 2013
VenezuelaPresentCMI, 1987


FrancePresentCMI, 1987
ItalyPresentCMI, 1987
-SicilyPresentPolizzi et al., 2007
PolandPresentKowalska, 2003
PortugalPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-MadeiraPresentCMI, 1987
SpainPresentPresent based on regional distribution.


AustraliaPresentCMI, 1987; Croft and Smith, 1996
-New South WalesPresentCMI, 1987
-QueenslandPresentCMI, 1987
FijiPresentCMI, 1987
French PolynesiaPresentCMI, 1987
New CaledoniaPresentCMI, 1987
Papua New GuineaPresentCMI, 1987
Solomon IslandsPresentCMI, 1987
VanuatuPresentCMI, 1987

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / lesions: black or brown
Fruit / premature drop
Leaves / abnormal colours
Leaves / abnormal forms
Leaves / necrotic areas
Leaves / yellowed or dead
Roots / soft rot of cortex
Seeds / discolorations
Seeds / rot
Stems / dieback
Stems / internal discoloration
Whole plant / dwarfing
Whole plant / unusual odour

Plant Trade

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Plant parts liable to carry the pest in trade/transportPest stagesBorne internallyBorne externallyVisibility of pest or symptoms
Bark hyphae; spores Yes Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Bulbs/Tubers/Corms/Rhizomes hyphae; spores Yes Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Flowers/Inflorescences/Cones/Calyx hyphae; spores Yes Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Fruits (inc. pods) hyphae; spores Yes Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Leaves hyphae; spores Yes Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Roots hyphae; spores Yes Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches hyphae; spores Yes Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
True seeds (inc. grain) hyphae Yes Pest or symptoms usually invisible
Wood hyphae Yes Pest or symptoms usually invisible
Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport
Seedlings/Micropropagated plants


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