Fusarium wilt of watermelon

May 18, 2013 6:50 AM

Fungal causal agent: Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum

Symptoms: Wilting of one side of the watermelon or the entire vine. The foliage becomes nectrotic after wilting.

Management:. Use of healthy seeds and resistant varieties can minimize the chances of entry of pathogen infection through planting material. Planting in fields with no history of Fusarium wilt can also reduce chances of the occurrence of the disease. Long-term (5-7 years) crop rotation without watermelon can minimize the chance of disease incidence and thus reduce the risk.