Verticillium Wilt

  • Symptoms

  • Trigger

  • Biological Control

  • Chemical Control

  • Preventive Measures

Verticillium Wilt

Verticillium spp.

Fungus


In a Nutshell

  • Chlorosis and necrosis appear on older leaves.
  • Wilting aspect of the plant, mostly on warm, sunny days.
  • Brown discoloration of the vascular tissue.
  • Shoots may also wilt in these conditions.

Hosts

Additional

Apricot

Bean

Cabbage

Canola

Capsicum & Chili

Carrots

Chickpea, Gram

Cucumber

Currant

Eggplant

Garlic

Grape

Lettuce

Maize

Melon

Olive

Pea

Potato

Pumpkin

Raspberry

Strawberry

Tomato

Zucchini

plant_pistachio

Symptoms

Symptoms vary greatly between the different crops. Usually interveinal chlorosis appear first on the margins of older leaves. As the chlorosis extends to the rest of the tissue, the leaf takes a wilted aspect, often only on one side. This particular trait is called sectoral chlorosis or "one-sided wilt". This is intensified by warm sunny weather. On the stem black stripes develop and extend from the base upwards, leading to the wilting of stems. In trees, poor growth, early leaf senescence, stunting and death of whole branches are the main symptoms. Staining of woody tissues in the form of circular rings or streaks may be additional symptoms. Sometimes, at closer inspection with a lens, small black dots are visible in the dying tissue or on living tissue as well.

Trigger

The symptoms are caused by a series of soil-borne fungi, among others V. dahliae, which can survive on crop debris in the soil when no host is available. It enters the vascular tissue of the plant through the rootlets or wounds in the bark. Once inside the plant or the tree, it grows rapidly and blocks the transport of water and nutrients, resulting in the wilting and decay of the aerial parts (leaves and stems). At later stages of the disease, the fungus colonizes the dying tissue and forms dark structures that can be observed with a magnifying lens. The fungus can survive several years at a location.

Biological Control

Biofungicides containing Streptomyces lydicus break the life cycle of the fungus and can help to control the progression of the disease.

Chemical Control

Always consider an integrated approach with preventive measures together with biological treatments if available. When the trees are affected by the disease it is very difficult to get rid of it. Application of soil fumigants is an effective, but expensive control tactic. The effectiveness depends on the chemical used, the rate, and the environmental conditions at the time of application. Treatment of affected plant parts can also be envisaged.

Preventive Measures

Use resistant or tolerant plant varieties is the best measure.,Crop rotation with non-host plants.,Do not use susceptible intercrops that could spread the disease.,Avoid nitrogen-rich fertilizers and the excess of water.,Use plant fortifier to strengthen the plants against an infection.,Prune, remove and burn plant infected plant material.,Clean all tools and equipment after handling infected plants.,Do not work in fields when the foliage is wet.,Take care not to damage roots while working in the field.,Expose the soil to solar radiation for a period of time (solarization).,Remove and incorporate plant debris deep down in the soil or burn them.