Mango is one of the popular fruits in the world due to its attractive color, delicious taste and excellent nutritional properties. Known for its sweet fragrance and flavor, the mango has delighted the senses for more than 4000 years. A celebrated fruit, mango, now produced in most of the tropical parts of the globe.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mango Malformation Disease (MMD)

Mango Malformation Disease (MMD)
Mango Malformation Disease is a fungal disease of mangoes caused by several species of Fusarium, some yet to be described. Mango is only known host of the disease.

The disease spreads on a tree very slowly, but if left unchecked, can severely reduce yields. The main method of spreading MMD to new areas is through infected vegetative planting material. There is no evidence that the disease can spread on fruit or the seeds, or that it affects human health. It usually associated with the bud mite, Aceria mangiferae but the mites have been shown to spread the disease within a tree and not between trees.

Mango Malformation Disease has been found on most mango growing countries of the world. Australia was thought to be free of the disease but in November 2007, symptoms of MMD were detected on treed in a finalized research trial containing about 2,000 trees at Coastal Plains Research Farm at Middle Point.
Mango Malformation Disease (MMD)

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