Anthracnose of Brassicas

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Anthracnose of Brassicas
Spores Colletotrichum gloeosporioides.jpg
C. gloeosporioides spores
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Sordariomycetes
Order: Phyllachorales
Family: Phyllachoraceae
Genus: Colletotrichum
Species: C. gloeosporioides
C. higginsianum
Anthracnose of Brassicas
Brassica anthracnose


Initial symptoms include irregular round spots on leaves and stems, which turn to greyish-brown lesions. Lesions on stems of seedlings rapidly enlarge until they finally cause damping-off. Pink conidial masses and acervuli are frequently observed on well-developed stem lesions.[1]


This can be avoided by liming the soil, growing a resistant variety or growing in a sterile soil/compost/sand mixture.



  1. Park, K. and Kim, C. (2001). Occurence of Anthracnose on Cabbage Caused by Colletotrichum dematium. Korean Society of Mycology. Mycobiology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp.661-62,