Skin spot

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Skin spot
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Subphylum: Pezizomycotina
Class: Sordariomycetes
Order: Incertae sedis
Family: Incertae sedis
Genus: Polyscytalum
Species: Polyscytalum pustulans
Oospora pustulans

Skin spot is generally an invisible fungal pathogen of potatoes until after approximately 2 months of storage, when the infected tissue begins to show spots.[1]

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

Spots tend to be bluish black and slightly raised. The mature fungal lesion is frequently sunken with a raised centre. Lesions may form either singly or in clumps and be distributed at random or aggregated around eyes, stolons and damaged skin. Infection can spread during storage. Early applications of CIPC sprout suppressant may exacerbate the problem. Skin spot can lead to necrotic buds in eyes and dense white mould on infected sprouts.[1]

Cutting through a skin spot shows a dark thickening, which may extend up to 2mm into the tuber. Sealing tubers in a moist container for 3 days at room temperature should allow lesions to develop sporulating mycelia, visible as white fluff.[1]

Skin spot may be confused with immature powdery scab lesions before they erupt through the skin.[1]

References[edit | edit source]


  1. a b c d (2002). Potato Diseases - Skin Spot. Potato Council. Retrieved: 2010-09-11.