What Is Cercospora SP?

Cercospora is a genus of ascomycete fungi that cause plant diseases and form leaf spots. Most of its species have no sexual stage, and those that do are in the genus Mycosphaerella.

History of Cercospora SP

In 1863, the genus Cercospora was erected by Frensious, who named it so because the word means a fungus with obclavate (tail shaped) spores.

Later on in 1954, a scientist named Chupp based the species concept and taxonomy of Cercospora on morphological criteria, primarily the dimensions and characteristics of the conidia (tip, width, and length) and the conidiophores (length, diameter, geniculation, and fasciculation).

Chupp also proved that the characteristics of the conidiophores are less reliable than the conidia in proving whether the fungus under observation is cercospora.

So we have Chupp to thank for teaching us how to determine whether a fungus belongs to the cercospora genus.

A few years after Chupp’s findings, new research revealed that cercospora only affects plants and does not cause disease in humans directly.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Cercospora SP

Although cercospora sp don’t cause disease in humans directly, they adversely affect human health-promoting constituents, such as antioxidants.

Put another way, cercospora sp can prevent your body from absorbing some of the health-promoting constituents found in fruits, vegetables, meat, and other foods.

Apart from affecting humans, cercospora sp can cause multiple issues in plants, including:

  • Leaf spot of orchids
  • Leaf spot of finger millet
  • Black stripe on sugarcane
  • Frogeye leaf spot on peppers
  • Brown or blackish leaf spots in ground nuts
  • Leaf blight and purple seed stain on soybean

Sounds like cercospora can cause a lot of problems, right? Well, that was just the tip of the iceberg, as all species of this genus combined cause about a hundred different diseases in plants.

How You Can Treat Cercospora SP

Since cases of cercospora sp affecting humans are extremely rare, they have no standard treatment.

Currently, the best way to treat a problem caused by cercospora sp is simple: stay away from sick plants and trees. If you have plants indoors, then get them cleaned.

So unless you’re already suffering from a problem caused by cercospora sp, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment. You should be worrying about how to prevent the problem.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by cercospora sp?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill cercospora sp is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill cercospora sp in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.