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A general term for any of several plant diseases in which symptoms include the formation of dark, often sunken, spots on leaves, fruit, etc. An example is bean anthracnose, a disease of dwarf and runner beans caused by Colletotrichum lindemuthianum. Grape anthracnose, caused by Elsinoe ampelina, is a serious disease in parts of northern Europe; leaves develop irregular greyish spots, and portions of dead leaf tissue may drop out.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.

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