White Rot of Apple

White rot is often referred to as Botryosphaeria rot or Bot rot and is caused by Botryosphaeria dothidea, a serious fungal pathogen of apple wood and fruit. The fungus causing white rot is ubiquitous in nature, occurring on a wide variety of woody plants, including birch, chestnut, peach, and blueberry. The canker phase of the pathogen can cause considerable loss in many parts of the South, Midwest, and Northeast.¬†Fruit rot infection is most common in areas of the southeastern …