Cassava Bud Necrosisfungi
On susceptible varieties, the main symptom of manioc bud necrosis is the appearance of brown or gray patches on the surface of the stem. These patches are distributed all over the stem and they correspond to fungal masses that gradually grow on the epidermis. Occasionally they also appear on leaves. Plant tissues become necrotic as the fungus grows and feed on them. These necrotic areas often cover the buds on the stem and these tend to die, reducing the sprouting ability of stem cuttings.
Cassava bud necrosis is caused by a fungus which occurs on the surface of stems and leaves. The main source of inoculum of the disease is infected cassava plants. Stems and leaves that remain as residues on the ground after harvest can also serve spread the disease. The fungal spores produced on these debris can later be carried by the wind from plant to plant or to other farms. However, the main vector of distribution is the usage of infected stem cuttings for planting. These stem cuttings with infected buds fail to sprout and can be detected in the field easily. Alternative hosts for the fungus are grasses, cereals, banana and mango. The disease is usually found in cassava growing in humid environments. Fields with poor farm sanitation in high relative humidity are particularly prone to develop the disease.
There are no biological control solutions known for this fungus. Please contact us if you know of any.
Always consider an integrated approach with preventive measures together with biological treatments if available. Farming tools should be disinfected with a common bleach solution after use to prevent the disease. General fungicidal sprays are recommended.
Plantix offers detailed weather information on the following issues:
You can post your questions and pictures and get feedback from other farmers or gardeners. Plantix' experts will answer your questions related to plant diseases and pests.
Exchange with Plantix users around you, in your language and related to the crops you grow.
Connect to farmers, gardeners, experts and interested people around the world that discuss plant diseases, remedies and best practice for sustainable farming.
Plantix analyzes your picture within a few seconds and gives you instant feedback on your plant problem.
On top of the detection result, Plantix offers you a detailed description of possible solutions - both biological and conventional.
Plantix offers information on preventive measures to protect your crop from the next attack.