Plant Disease Identification and Control

Information on plant disease identification and control, including rot, freeze damage, rust, blight, mold, scales, bacteria, viruses, fungus, wilt, mildew, gall, mites, moths and cankers. Tips on integrated pest management and herbicide summaries.

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Downy mildew on pumpkin. Photo: Beth K. Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Updates: August 30, 2017 - Articles Articles
Within the past week, there have been three separate reports of downy mildew on jack-o-lantern pumpkin in eastern Virginia. More
Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 26 July 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
Vegetable Disease Updates for July 26, 2017 - News News
The rainy weather is not letting up and neither is downy mildew pressure. More
Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 30 June 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
Vegetable Disease Updates for June 30, 2017 - News News
Be on the lookout for diseases, as well as timber rot in high tunnel tomatoes, that spread in some of the recent rain events that moved across the Pennsylvania. More
Tomato-Potato Late Blight in the Home Garden
Tomato-Potato Late Blight in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
This article describes tomato-potato late blight, including symptoms; disease development, cycle, and management; and management after harvest. More
Bacterial Spot of Tomato: Biology and Management
Bacterial Spot of Tomato: Biology and Management - Articles Articles
Bacterial spot is becoming an increasingly devastating disease of tomato. The pathogen can directly damage the fruit, and severe foliar infection can lead to defoliation. More
Potato Cultivars Suggested for Pennsylvania and Resistance Characteristics
Potato Cultivars Suggested for Pennsylvania and Resistance Characteristics - Articles Articles
Host resistance is an important tool for managing diseases. Potato cultivars vary in susceptibility to common diseases including late blight, early blight and common scab. More
Early blight symptoms on potato leaf
Early Blight - Articles Articles

Early Blight

Beth K. Gugino, Ph.D.

Early blight is caused by the fungus Alternaria solani and is a common problem for potato growers. More
Tomato late blight. Photo credit Beth Gugino, Penn State Plant Pathology.
Plant Disease Basics - The Disease Triangle - Articles Articles
Disease management begins with the fundamental understanding the three factors must be present and interact for disease to develop. More
Ecological Disease Management
Ecological Disease Management - Articles Articles

Ecological Disease Management

Beth K. Gugino, Ph.D.

In order for a plant to become diseased three conditions must be met: a pathogen, a favorable environment where the pathogen can thrive, and a susceptible host. More