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Shriveled blueberries could signal “mummy berry” disease

According to a story from UGA by Paul Pugliese, “This year has been a terrible year for mummy berry disease due to the unusually cool, wet spring weather. Late freezes also predisposed leaves and flower buds to infection.” Mummy berry is a fungal disease of blueberry plants that causes blueberries to dry, shrivel and drop prematurely. It can cause crop yield losses of 25 to 50% if not treated. You can read more about it at

“Mummy berry” disease is easily recognized when the fruit begins to ripen, as infected berries become dry, shrivel and drop prematurely. (UGA Plant Pathology/