What plants are affected?
Banana freckle primarily affects Cavendish bananas, the main commercial cultivar grown in Western Australia.
What do I look for?
Banana freckle describes the rough, freckle-like spots that occur on infected fruit and leaves, where symptoms present as numerous raised, brown–black spots about 1 mm in diameter. When rubbed, the infected fruit or leaves have a rough, sandpaper feel.
What damage can this disease cause?
Banana freckle causes blemishes to the fruit that reduce their commercial value and marketability. It is not harmful to human health and eating qualities of the fruit are not affected.
What do I do if I find it?
Phyllosticta cavendishii M.H. Wong & Crous (2012) is a prohibited organism for Western Australia. It is important that any suspect occurrences are reported. Early detection and eradication will help protect the Western Australian banana industry. Please contact the Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) to report this pest.