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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Overview of Vine Declines of Melons

Authors
item Miller, Marvin - TEXAS A&M
item Martyn, Ray - TEXAS A&M
item Lovic, B - TEXAS A&M
item Bruton, Benny

Submitted to: Cucurbitaceae Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: December 10, 1994
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon are important sources of agricultural income in many parts of the world. The continuous and intensive cultivation of these crops has resulted in an increase in both the number and severity of soil borne diseases, which in turn has accounted for significant economic loss. In recent years, a group of soil borne diseases known as vine declines have become prevalent and have caused serious economic losses in melon crops. General symptoms of this group of diseases include yellowing and death of crown leaves and gradual decline of the vine as the plant approaches maturity. Symptoms specific to each disease are herein described to facilitate proper identification for extension personnel and consultants. Accurate disease identification is paramount in implementing the disease control options discussed in the text.

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