Minute, light green spots appear on one or both sides of the younger leaves. These spots have raised centers and later develop into small light-colored pustules situated along the leaf veins. At later stages of the disease, these spots fuse and form large brown irregular lesions. These dead areas can be torn away by wind, giving the leaf a ragged appearance. Small raised spots may also develop on pods. The disease can cause premature defoliation and reduced seed size and quantity.
The bacteria overwinters in crop residues or on seeds in the soil. It is carried by the wind, water droplets, and insects and enters the plant through natural openings or mechanical injuries. The disease is promoted by warm and wet weather conditions with frequent showers and wet foliage. Optimal temperature for disease development is in the range of 30-33°C. Potash and phosphorous seem to play an important role in the management of this pathogen.
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Always consider an integrated approach with preventive measures together with biological treatment if available. Apply copper based fungicides at an early stage of the disease to ensure the desired effect.