Septoria leaf spot of parsley

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Septoria leaf spot of parsley
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Septoria leaf spot of parsley
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Dothideomycetes
Subclass: Dothideomycetidae
Order: Capnodiales
Family: Mycosphaerellaceae
Genus: Septoria
Species: Septoria petroselini
Septoria leaf spot

Septoria leaf spot of parsley is an important disease of parsley caused by Septoria petroselini. The fungus can be seed-borne and may also survive in plant debris and on volunteer plants. Under favourable environmental conditions, the disease can spread rapidly, affecting both yield and quality. Because of its seed-borne nature, the disease can potentially develop on crops under any production system, although those that are overhead watered are more at risk.[1]

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

Typical early symptoms are brown sunken leaf spots on leaves and cotyledons. Occasionally, the lesions have yellow haloes. As the leaf spots age, the centres turn tan or light grey and tiny black fungal spore cases (pycnidia) are often visible, which is a useful diagnostic feature for this disease. When infection is severe leaves may die and drop off and lesions may develop on petioles.[1]

Prevention[edit | edit source]

As Septoria species can be seed-borne, use of clean seed is important for disease avoidance. Thiram fungicide can be used as a warm water soak for parsley seed to reduce Septoria infection to acceptable levels. However, under EC regulations this is not permitted for seed being used for organic production. There is potential for reducing levels of Septoria species on seed using hot water treatment, but treatment conditions are critical and are not well defined for parsley seed. In Sweden, research is ongoing to adapt a seed treatment technique originally developed for cereals, for use on vegetable. The technique involves treatment of seed with hot humid air and precise control of temperature, air humidity and treatment duration

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