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Phytophthora capsici
(stem and fruit rot of Capsicum)

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Phytophthora capsici (stem and fruit rot of Capsicum)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Phytophthora capsici
  • Preferred Common Name
  • stem and fruit rot of Capsicum
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Chromista
  •     Phylum: Oomycota
  •       Class: Oomycetes
  •         Order: Peronosporales

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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Phytophthora capsici Leonian

Preferred Common Name

  • stem and fruit rot of Capsicum

International Common Names

  • English: blight of pepper; brown rot of watermelon; fruit decay of squash; fruit rot of Capsicum; leaf blight of cucumber; leaf blight of tomato; pepper blight; pepper root rot; Phytophthora blight; root rot of cucumber; root rot of pepper; root rot of tomato; soft rot of cucurbit fruits; soft rot of tomato; soft rot of tomato and cucurbits
  • Spanish: pudricion del pie: pimiento; tristeza del Chile
  • French: mildiou du poivron; pourriture du fruit

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Faeule: Gurkengewaechse; Faeule: Paprika; Faeule: Tomate; Wurzelbrand: Pfeffer; Wurzelbrand: Tomate

EPPO code

  • PHYTCP (Phytophthora capsici)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Chromista
  •         Phylum: Oomycota
  •             Class: Oomycetes
  •                 Order: Peronosporales
  •                     Family: Peronosporaceae
  •                         Genus: Phytophthora
  •                             Species: Phytophthora capsici

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.

Last updated: 25 Feb 2021
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

BotswanaPresent
EgyptPresent
MoroccoPresent
NigeriaPresent
South AfricaPresent

Asia

ChinaPresent, Localized
-AnhuiPresent
-BeijingPresent
-FujianPresent
-GuangdongPresent
-HainanPresent
-HebeiPresent
-JiangsuPresent
-LiaoningPresent
-ShandongPresent
-ShanxiPresent
-YunnanPresent
-ZhejiangPresent
IndiaPresent, Localized
-Andhra PradeshPresent
-Himachal PradeshPresent
-Jammu and KashmirPresent
-KarnatakaPresent
-KeralaPresent
-West BengalPresent
IndonesiaPresent
IranPresent
IraqPresent
IsraelAbsent, Invalid presence record(s)
JapanPresent
LaosPresentOriginal citation: Callaghan et al. (2016)
LebanonPresent
MalaysiaPresent, Localized
-Peninsular MalaysiaPresent
-SabahPresent
-SarawakPresent
MongoliaPresent
NepalPresent
North KoreaPresent
PakistanPresent
PhilippinesPresent
Saudi ArabiaPresent
South KoreaPresent
TaiwanPresent
TurkeyPresent
VietnamPresent

Europe

AlbaniaPresent
BulgariaPresent, WidespreadFirst reported: 197*
FrancePresent, Localized
GreecePresent
ItalyPresent
-SardiniaPresent
-SicilyPresent
NorwayPresent
RussiaPresent, Localized
-Russia (Europe)Present, Localized
-Southern RussiaPresent
SerbiaPresent
Serbia and MontenegroPresent
SpainPresent

North America

CanadaPresent, Localized
-British ColumbiaPresent
-OntarioPresent
Costa RicaPresent
Dominican RepublicPresent
El SalvadorPresent
GuatemalaPresent
MexicoPresent
PanamaPresent
Puerto RicoPresent
Trinidad and TobagoPresent
United StatesPresent, Localized
-ArkansasPresent
-CaliforniaPresent
-ColoradoPresent
-ConnecticutPresent
-DelawarePresent
-FloridaPresent
-GeorgiaPresent
-HawaiiPresent
-IllinoisPresent
-LouisianaPresent
-MarylandPresent
-MichiganPresent
-MississippiPresent
-MissouriPresent
-New JerseyPresent
-New MexicoPresent
-New YorkPresent
-North CarolinaPresent
-OhioPresent
-South CarolinaPresent
-TexasPresent
-VirginiaPresent

Oceania

Federated States of MicronesiaPresent
PalauPresent

South America

ArgentinaPresent
BoliviaPresent
BrazilPresent, Localized
-BahiaPresent
-Distrito FederalPresent
-Espirito SantoPresent
-Minas GeraisPresent
-ParaPresent
-Santa CatarinaPresent
-Sao PauloPresent
ChilePresent
ColombiaPresent
PeruPresent
VenezuelaPresent

Growth Stages

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Vegetative growing stage

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Stems / dieback
Stems / ooze

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Bacillus polymyxa Pathogen
Burkholderia cepacia Antagonist Korea Republic
Cladobotryum amazonense Pathogen
Pantoea agglomerans Antagonist
Trichoderma hamatum Antagonist
Trichoderma harzianum Antagonist Korea Republic

Plant Trade

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Plant parts liable to carry the pest in trade/transportPest stagesBorne internallyBorne externallyVisibility of pest or symptoms
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
Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport
Bark
Bulbs/Tubers/Corms/Rhizomes
Seedlings/Micropropagated plants
Wood

References

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Distribution References

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