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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Pearl Millet Diseases

Table 5. Fungi reported to cause pre-emergence or postemergence damping off and seedling blight of pearl millet

Seed sourceFungal isolateDisease symptomsReference

IndiaChaetomium globosumReduced germinationMathur et al. 1973
Curvularia pennisetiReduced germination, seedling blight
Drechslera maydisReduced germination
Drechslera rostrata (=Exserohilumrostratum)Reduced germination
Drechslera tetrameraReduced germination
Fusarium equisetiReduced germination
Fusarium fusarioidesReduced germination

India (?)

Alternaria alternata

Leaf spots, marginal necrosis

Konde et al. 1980
Aspergillus terreusRoot and stem lesions
Curvularia lunataLeaf lesions
Drechslera australiensisSeedling blight, leaf spots
Fusarium moniliformeReduced germination, seedling blight
Fusarium solaniReduced germination, seedling blight
Rhizoctonia bataticolaFoliar lesions


Drechslera setariae (=Bipolaris setariae)

Reduced germination, seedling blight

Shetty et al. 1982


Fusarium moniliforme

Reduced germination

Onesirosan 1975


Fusarium moniliforme

Reduced emergence

Wells and Winstead 1965
Helminthosporium rostratumReduced emergence
Helminthosporium setariaeReduced emergence


Phyllosticta penicillariae

Seedling blight

Wilson and Burton 1990

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Original posting: June 5, 1999.

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