Photo 3. Cottony growth of Athelia rolfsii on a peanut stem, with many light brown mature sclerotia, and others developing.
Photo 4. Roots and base of the stem of capsicum plants attacked and destroyed by southern blight, Athelia rolfsii.
Southern blight, Athelia wilt
Athelia rolfsii, the sexual state of the fungus. It is also known by the asexual state, Sclerotium rolfsii. The sexual stage (Diagram) is rarely seen.
AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Diagram Southern blight. APSnet Education Center. The American Phytopathological Society. (http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/intropp/lessons/fungi/Basidiomycetes/Pages/SouthernBlight.aspx). Photo 4 Mani Mua, SPC, Sigatoka Research Station, Fiji.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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