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Maize northern leaf blight (226) Print Fact Sheet


Common Name

Maize leaf blight, maize northern leaf blight

Scientific Name

Setosphaeria turcica; the asexual stage name is Exserohilum turcicum. It has also been known as Helminthosporium turcicum. There are many races or strains of the fungus.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from CABI (2012) Setosphaeria turcica (maize leaf blight) Crop Protection Compendium. ( Photos 1&2 Kohler F, Pellegrin F, Jackson G, McKenzie E (1997) Diseases of cultivated crops in Pacific Island countries. South Pacific Commission. Pirie Printers Pty Limited, Canberra, Australia. Diagram (and information) Svec L, Dolezal B Crop insights: managing northern corm leaf blight race shifts. Pioneer. (

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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