Ascochyta Blight

  • Symptoms

  • Trigger

  • Biological Control

  • Chemical Control

  • Preventive Measures

Ascochyta Blight

Ascochyta rabiei


In a Nutshell

  • Gray areas can be found on leaves, stems or pods.
  • Lesions turn brown and concentric rings develop in these lesions.


Chickpea, Gram



The first symptoms that can be found are gray areas on all above ground parts of the plant. Later, these lesions turn brown and concentric rings develop with darker margins. These concentric rings are the most characteristic symptom of the disease.


Ascochyta Blight can overwinter on plant residues for several years.The pathogen is dispersed by wind, but is also seed-borne. Spores can travel over several kilometers. For an infection, leaf wetness of minimum 2 hours is required. From the developing lesions, the disease is further spread.

Biological Control

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Chemical Control

You can treat infected seeds with Thiabendazole. In favourable conditions, apply a foliar fungicide based on Chlorothalonil to prevent an infection 7 to 10 day before bloom initiation. Seven to ten days after applying Chlorothalonil, a systemic fungicide (Proline, Endura, Priaxor etc.) is generally advised.

Preventive Measures

Choose more resilient varieties. Apply crop rotation - Plant chickpeas only once in three years. Use certified disease-free seeding material