Gary W. Moorman, Professor of Plant Pathology
|ANTHRACNOSE||Greasy-appearing spots yellow and then die and have a yellow halo.||Glomerella (Colletotrichum)||Avoid overhead watering. Apply mancozeb to protect healthy leaves.|
|BACTERIAL LEAF SPOT Ficus benjamina||Angular yellow spots are limited in size by veins. Spots become brown and leaves fall.||Xanthomonas campestris||Purchase plants free of the disease. Avoid overhead watering.|
|BRANCH DIEBACK Ficus benjamina||Leaves wilt, die, and fall. Small and eventually large branches die. Wood under the bark is black.||Phomopsis||Maintain even soil moisture. Prune branches when they are small. Protect plants from injury.|
|COLD INJURY Ficus elastica||Mature leaves have large brown blotches. Young leaves appear puckered or distorted and brown.||Temperatures below 40° F.||Management: Do not place plants near air conditioners. Maintain temperatures above 40° F.|
|FOLIAR NEMATODE Ficus elastica||Areas between the leaf veins yellow and die.||Aphelenchoides||Discard infected plants. Remove infected leaves from plants not severely affected and avoid overhead watering.|
|LEAF DROP Ficus benjamina||Leaves yellow and fall.||Low soil moisture and low relative humidity.||Maintain even soil moisture.|
Active Ingredients and Trade Names of the Chemicals
|FRAC Group No.||Risk Level||Class||Active ingredient||REI Restricted Entry Interval||Trade names (EPA Reg. no.)|
|M||1||Dithiocarbamate||mancozeb||24||Dithane (707-180), FORE (707-87), Pentathlon (1818-251)|
|manganese + zinc||24||Protect T/O (1001-65)|
Fungicides and Fungicide Resistance Management - Certain fungicides, usually systemic fungicides, are said to be 'at risk' to the development of resistance if they are used repeatedly. See the Risk Level in the above table (1 = low risk; 3 = high risk). The Fungicide Resistance Action Committee has developed a numbering system in which chemicals with the same FRAC Group number have the same mode of action (See http://www.frac.info/frac/index.htm ). It is recommended that chemicals at high risk be used sparingly and in rotation or mixed with chemicals with different modes of actions (different FRAC number).
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