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Bean (Vigna) rust (234)

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  • Worldwide distribution. On Vigna species, crops (cowpea, long bean) and weeds. Another species infects Phaseolus. Rust comes late, and the impact is relatively small.
  • Reddish-brown, circular pustules with yellow halos on leaves and pods, producing powdery spores.
  • Spread by spores blown in the wind.
  • Cultural control: plant beans with maize, at random, not in rows; use a 2-year crop rotation; do not plant overlapping crops; resistant varieties; collect and burn trash after harvest.
  • Chemical control: use mancozeb, starting when the spots are first seen.
Common Name

Bean rust

Scientific Name

Uromyces vignae

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Infomration from CABI (2019) Uromyces vignae (rust: cowpea). Crop Protection Compendium. ( Photo 1 Kohler F, et al. (1997) Diseases of cultivated crops in Pacific Island countries. South Pacific Commission. Pirie Printers Pty Limited, Canberra, Australia. Photo 2 Yuan-Min Shen, Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station,

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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