Melon is an important dessert fruit in the Sistan region of Iran, but its cultivation is threatened by attacks of Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi), Monosporascus cannonballus (Pollack and Uecker) and Rhizoctonia solani (Kuhn). Melon death induced by these soil-borne plant pathogenic fungi has become increasingly severe in many intensively cultivated fields in the Sistan region.
M. phaseolina is a destructive pathogen that causes charcoal rot of melon and other dicotyledonous crops. Chemical management is not feasible in subsistence farming conditions, and the plurivorous nature of the fungus limits the effectiveness of some cultural methods of control.
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Citation: Salari M, Panjehkeh N, Nasirpoor Z, Abkhoo J (2012) Screening of Cucumis melo L. Cultivars from Iran for Resistance against Soil-Borne Fungal Pathogens. J Plant Pathol Microb 3:138
Last date updated on July, 2014