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Agricultural Research Service

Pearl Millet Diseases: Questionable and Poorly Described Diseases: Stalk Rot

Pearl Millet Diseases
Questionable and Poorly Described Diseases

Stalk Rot

Information concerning stalk rot of pearl millet is currently limited. Fusarium poae (Peck) Wr. was isolated from diseased stalks and inflorescences in India (Ramakrishnan and Subramanian 1952). Inoculations to verify pathogenicity were not performed.

Bipolaris panici-miliacei (Nisikado) Shoem was isolated from a diseased pearl millet stalk in India (Navi et al. 1997). Inoculations to verify pathogenicity were not performed.

Many fungi can be isolated from pearl millet stalks. Some of the more common pathogens from diseased stalks in the southeastern United States include Fusarium semitectum, F. moniliforme, F. graminearum, Alternaria spp., and Nigrospora spp. (Wilson et al. 1999). Inoculations to verify pathogenicity were not performed. Although many fungi can be isolated from diseased stalks, lodging has only been reported in association with severe rust infection (Wilson et al. 1996a).


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Original posting: June 5, 1999.

Last Modified: 2/6/2002
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