Gary W. Moorman, Professor of Plant Pathology
|ASTER YELLOWS||Leaf-like tissue forms where flower parts should be located. Flower-like parts remain green or light green.||Phytoplasma||Destroy infected plants. Control leafhoppers.|
|BACTERIAL STEM ROT||Blackened stems have a soft, wet, interior and a foul odor.||Erwinia carotovora||Promptly destroy infected plants|
|GRAY MOLD||In wet weather, masses of gray spores form on brown spots on buds, leaves or stems.||Botrytis cinerea||Maintain low relative humidity. Apply a fungicide to protect healthy plants.|
|POWDERY MILDEW||Dry, white, mealy, fungal growth occurs on the upper surface of leaves.||Golovinomyces cichoracearum (formerly Erysiphe)||Apply a fungicide when the fungus is first observed.|
|STORAGE ROT||Tubers decay into a soft smelly mass.||Various fungi and bacteria.||Avoid wounding the tubers. Let the tuber surfaces dry and remove soil before storing. Store tubers in a cool, dry location.|
|VERTICILLIUM WILT||Single branches or the entire plant wilts and dies. Vascular tissue in affectes stems is black, dark brown, or greenish-brown.||Verticillium||Plant in pathogen-free potting mix.|
|VIRUS||Conspicuous rings and line patterns may be present or a mosaic of light and dark green may occur on leaves.||Impatiens necrotic spot virus||Discard infected plants. Do not save tubers from affected plants. Control thrips since they vector the virus.|
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