|Apothecium at right center of photo is less than an inch in height|
|Growth stage of bushes in the wet area where apothecia were found|
|Several mummy cups (apothecia) emerging from old infected berries|
|Mummies germinating through leaf litter 4 March 2013|
The emergence of this fungus coincides with emergence of new shoots on blueberry bushes, so the disease will appear later in colder areas of the state where bushes are still dormant. Fields in southeastern NC with a history of this disease should be sprayed with fungicides as soon as possible, especially in early-blooming cultivars where flower and leaf shoots are beginning to emerge. For further descriptions, and images of other stages of this disease, click here. For specific recommendations on control, go to the NC Ag Chem Manual or the Southern Region IPM Guide.