A problem affecting most fruit trees including Pears, Apples, Plums, Peach and Necterines. A soft, brown area develops on the fruit skin and also in the flesh beneath when it begins to deteriorate. Unfortunately the entire fruit is ultimately affected. The affected fruits also exhibit raised creamy-white pustules (bumps) on the rotted areas. Infected fruits either fall from the tree or become 'mummified' and dry and remain on the branches.
Cultural measures: Remove and destroy infected fruit as soon as they are seen, to prevent spread. Collect up all fallen fruit and only store those fruit which look healthy and clean. Affected fruit should be desposed of or burnt. Prune out all mummified fruit together with a short section of the fruiting spur to which they are attached.
There is no chemical control available for this fungal problem.