Disease Control

7 questions with plant pathologist Chaks Mattupalli

Chakradhar “Chaks” Mattupalli’s experience in agricultural financing in India put him on a very different career path: plant pathology. In dealing with growers on a daily basis, Mattupalli was inspired by their stories of dealing... more »

Anthracnose on strawberries increasingly problematic in Mid-Atlantic

Anthracnose is caused by fungi in the genus Colletotrichum, and has been affecting mostly plasticulture plantings, but also matted-row plantings of susceptible cultivars. Some strawberry growers in southeastern Pennsylvania have already been finding their green fruit to... more »

Flea beetles feeding, tomato early blight seen in Pennsylvania

I visited a few tomato fields this week and found 2 to 4-week-old tomato plants with some early blight (Alternaria solani) and in some cases bad early blight lesions. This is very early in the... more »

Vacancy on California’s curly top virus control program advisory board

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Integrated Pest Control Branch is announcing four vacancies on the Beet Curly Top Virus Control Board. This Advisory Board makes recommendations to the CDFA Secretary on all... more »

Chlorothalonil fungicide banned in European Union

European growers soon will have one less fungicide tool. The European Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) has voted down renewing the approval of chlorothalonil, which had recently been classified as a... more »

Illinois expertise tackles pumpkin bacterial spot

Bacterial spot of pumpkin is a serious emerging disease affecting pumpkin growers around the world. However, University of Illinois researchers and Extension personnel are at the forefront of understanding the problem and how to manage... more »

Lektivar 40SC fungicide introduced by AgBiome Innovations

AgBiome Innovations, the commercial arm of AgBiome,  introduced March 7, Lektivar 40SC, a novel fungicide (fluazinam) that provides superior control of foliar and soil-borne diseases to include white mold, southern blight, downy mildew, early blight and... more »


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