What is blister spot, and how do I identify and manage the disease?

Blister spot is a bacterial disease of apple fruit caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. papulans. This disease is of economic importance mainly on the cultivar ‘Mutsu’ (‘Crispin’) but can be seen on ‘Golden Delicious’ when grown adjacent to ‘Mutsu’. Even though fruit grow to maturity and no detectable yield loss occurs, severe infection results in ugly fruit and greatly reduces fresh market quality. For more information and images, read this article on Blister Spot of Apple.

Answer provided by Alan R. Biggs, West Virginia University.