Gummy Stem Blight Spreading in North Florida Watermelons

Randall Weiseman Florida, Specialty Crops

watermelon-gummy-stem-blighGummy stem blight is a highly destructive, foliar fungal disease of watermelon that can cause yield losses of more than 50 percent. This disease is currently confirmed in multiple locations in northwest and northeast Florida.

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Additional information on advanced stage symptoms of gummy stem blight and the biology of the causal organism of the disease can be found in the following publication: Management of Gummy Stem Blight (Black Rot) on Cucurbits in Florida.