Detection of pathogens in Irrigation Water Sources | VSCNews

One of the most serious diseases in vegetable production in Georgia is Phytophthora blight, caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora capsici. It is a water mold that attacks the roots, foliage, and fruit, causing root rot, crown rot, leaf lesions, fruit rot, and plant wilt. The disease affects peppers, squash, watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, and other vegetable […]

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May 2020 Powdery Mildew and Whiteflys on Southeastern Cucurbits | VSCNews

Presence of Powdery Mildew a Concern for Southeast Vegetable Growers “Powdery mildew disease is present on older squash in various vegetable fields across South Florida. According to the South Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease Hotline, respondents report that the disease has also started to show up on watermelon crops across the region as well.” Continue […]

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Managing Gummy Stem Blight in Watermelon | VSCNews

Gummy stem blight (GSB), also known as black rot, is a common issue for watermelon producers in the Southeast. Didymella bryoniae, the fungus that causes GSB, favors warm and humid weather, leaving the Southeast growing region susceptible to the disease’s devastating effects. If not managed well, it can cause significant yield loss for growers. Currently labeled […]

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