Grey leaf spot of corn

Page last edited 4,783 days ago
From WikiGardener
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Grey leaf spot of corn
Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destination
A sweet corn leaf showing grey leaf spot symptoms
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Ascomycota
Family: Mycosphaerellaceae
Genus: Cercospora
Species: Cercospora zeae-maydis
Cercospora leaf spot

Grey leaf spot of corn is a cereal disease caused by the fungal pathogen Cercospora zeae-maydis. The fungus thrives in warm, humid conditions. It is often caused by diseased seeds or planting materials and promoted by poor air flow, low sunlight, overcrowding, improper soil nutrient and irrigation management and poor soil drainage.[1]

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

Initial leaf infestation appears as tiny to slightly elongated, roughly parallel-sided spots with yellow margins. The later stage of infestation shows rectangular tan to gray spots that remain evident on completely blighted leaves. The fungal growth on the lesions gave a characteristic grayish cast, hence the name.[1]

Treatment[edit | edit source]

Remove and destroy infected plants.

Prevention[edit | edit source]

Practice crop rotation. Use diseased-free seeds or use resistant cultivars. Observe proper planting distances and maintain sanitation by removing a disposing of infected plant materials. Avoid working when plants are wet.[1]


Examples[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]


This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).