First report of fruit rot on cantaloupe caused by Fusarium equiseti in Thailand

  • Wipornpan NuangmekEmail author
  • Worawoot Aiduang
  • Nakarin Suwannarach
  • Jaturong Kumla
  • Tanongkiat Kiatsiriroat
  • Saisamorn Lumyong
Fungal Diseases


Fruit rot is one of the most important diseases of cantaloupe. In June 2016, fruit rot was found in cantaloupe fruit (Cucumis melo var. cantalupo) in Phayao Province, Thailand. The causal fungus was isolated from lesions and identified as Fusarium equiseti based on both morphological characteristics and phylogenetic analysis of combined sequences of the internal transcribed spacer of ribosomal DNA, translation elongation factor 1-alpha and β-tubulin genes. Cantaloupe fruit inoculated with the isolated fungus developed symptoms similar to natural ones in the field. This is the first report of cantaloupe fruit rot caused by F. equiseti in Thailand.


Cucurbit Fruit rot Fungal pathogen Postharvest disease 



This work was supported by Grants from The Thailand Research Fund for Research Team Association Grant RTA5880006, and Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. We thank Dr. Eric H. C. McKenzie for improving the English text.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wipornpan Nuangmek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Worawoot Aiduang
    • 1
  • Nakarin Suwannarach
    • 2
  • Jaturong Kumla
    • 2
  • Tanongkiat Kiatsiriroat
    • 3
  • Saisamorn Lumyong
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesUniversity of PhayaoPhayaoThailand
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  3. 3.Center of Excellence for Renewable EnergyChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  4. 4.Academy of ScienceThe Royal Society of ThailandBangkokThailand

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