Fusarium Wilt Of Cucurbits – Dealing With Fusarium Wilt In Cucurbit Crops

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Fusarium Wilt Of Cucurbits – Dealing With Fusarium Wilt In Cucurbit Crops

By Amy Grant Fusarium is a fungal disease that afflicts cucurbits. Several diseases are the result of this fungus, each crop specific. Cucurbit fusarium wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. melonis is one such disease that attacks melons like cantaloupe and muskmelon. Another fusarium wilt of cucurbits that targets watermelon is caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum and also attacks summer squash, but not cantaloupe or cucumber. The following article contains information on recognizing fusarium symptoms in cucurbits and managing fusarium wilt in cucurbit crops. Fusarium Symptoms in Cucurbits Symptoms of fusarium wilt of cucurbits affected by F. oxysporum f. sp. niveum show early in development. Immature seedlings often damp off at the soil line. More mature plants may show early wilting only during the heat of the day, leading the gardener to believe the plant is suffering from drought stress, but will then die within a few

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