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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 https://newswire.caes.uga.edu/story.html?storyid=8399&rss.

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