Moniliophthora (genus)

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cacao pod infected by Moniliophthora roreri (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Brantlee Spakes Richter, University of Florida
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Moniliophthora H.C. Evans, Stalpers, Samson & Benny 1978

This is a small genus of phytopathogenic fungi with 2 important species causing serious diseases of cacao, witches'-broom (Moniliophthora perniciosa) and pod rot (M. roreri). Both are common in tropical parts of South and Central America, but other Moniliophthora are found in various other tropical regions. The fruiting bodies are small and mushroom-like often with a coloured and grooved cap (pileus).


Currently, the following species and groups have been entered into the system: