Can u identify this? Satsuma sickness?

MeanNgreenAugust 23, 2014

Hello all,
Hope you can help on this. I've had this satsuma in ground since april and it's been doing real well. The other day I noticed these lesion like areas on 2 of the developing fruit. Today I check on it and it has gotten noticeably worse in just two days? I don't mind if just 2 bad fruit but worried it will pass to rest of fruit or hurt tree.
I don't see any bugs on tree, and Idea what this could be?
Thanks!

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MeanNgreen

2 days ago

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    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:55PM
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2 days ago

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    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:57PM
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MeanNgreen

today

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:59PM
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another shot today

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 3:02PM
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keen4green(5a)

It appears to be bird damage. Birds will use the oils from your fruit to groom/preen their feathers. It inhibits lice, etc.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 3:29PM
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MeanNgreen

Here are some close ups

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 6:03PM
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close up.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 6:04PM
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MeanNgreen

Thanks keen. I added some close ups. Seems like something is sucking the pigment out or maybe some kind of fungus. Does this still look like the work of birds?

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    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 9:11PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

It's not bird damage. I would say something fungal, based on the symmetrical roundness of some of the lesions, but you don't mention where you live, which makes a significant difference. We just don't get much fungal pest pressure here in S. California due to our rather dry climate, so I can't help with a diagnosis. I would suggest you send your photos to your local ag agent, and they should be able to get you a diagnosis and treatment plan right away. For now, I would would try to treat with an appropriate anti-fungal, as you attempt to ID/diagnose the issue.

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Unversity of Florida: Citrus Fungal Diseases

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 12:06PM
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MeanNgreen

Hi Patty
I'm in myrtle beach and it's terribly humid right now. I will take your advice and check with local group. Thank you!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 3:07PM
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MeanNgreen

Hi Patty
I'm in myrtle beach and it's terribly humid right now. I will take your advice and check with local group. Thank you!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 3:14PM
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MeanNgreen

First fruit just fell... :-(

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:08PM
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