Gary W. Moorman, Professor of Plant Pathology
|Aster yellows||Leaves are yellowed and flowers do not appear normal or of good quality.||Phytoplasma (bacterial-like organism)||Remove and destroy infected plants. Control leafhoppers early in the season with insecticides in order to suppress spread of the pathogen from weeks to your plants.|
|Bacterial leaf spot||Areas between veins turn dark brown and collapse. The entire plant may be killed||Pseudomonas||Remove and destroy infected plants. Do not use sprinkler irrigation.|
|White smut||At first light green spots, some with tan centers, form on the leaves and white spores form on the spots. The leaf spots become dark brown.||Entyloma spp.||Remove and destroy spotted leaves. Apply a fungicide to protect plants.|
|Septoria leaf spot||Tan spots containing tiny dark brown to black dot-like fungal fruiting structures form on the leaves.||Septoria||Do not use sprinkler irrigation.|
|Powdery mildew||White fungal growth develops on the surface of leaves.||Golovinomyces and Sphaerotheca||Apply a fungicide to protect plants.|
|Root and stem rots||Lower stems turn tan to dark brown. Sometimes white webs of fungal growth can be seen.||Pythium, Sclerotinia, Thielaviopsis, Rhizoctonia||Avoid overwatering and do not mound mulch against the plant.|
|Viruses||Leaves may be distorted or have patches of light and dark green coloration||Impatiens necrotic spot, tomato spotted wilt, or and cucumber mosaic virus||Remove and destroy infected plants. Control thrips (vector of impatiens necrotic spot and tomato spotted wilt) and aphids (vectors of cucumber mosaic).|
Septoria leaf spot
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