First report of phytophthora fruit rot on bitter gourd (Mormodica charantia) and sponge gourd (Luffa cylindrica) caused by Phytophthora capsici.

  title={First report of phytophthora fruit rot on bitter gourd (Mormodica charantia) and sponge gourd (Luffa cylindrica) caused by Phytophthora capsici.},
  author={Chandrasekar S. Kousik and C Francisco Parada and Lina M. Quesada-Ocampo},
  journal={Plant Health Progress},
Luffa sponge (smooth gourd) and bitter gourds (bitter melon) are specialty cucurbit vegetables cultivated in the United States on a small scale for select markets. Luffa gourds are also grown for the sponge obtained from dried fruit for personal hygiene and skin care (Davis 1994; Molinar 2012). These two cucurbits produce vines and are generally grown on a trellis to allow the fruit to grow straight, but some growers have eliminated the trellis and use raised beds to lower production costs. As… 

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