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Ginger Fusarium yellows (292)

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  • Worldwide distribution. In the sub-tropics and tropics. On ginger, taro, and many more. An important disease.
  • Soft rots on roots and buds of rhizomes from resting spores in soil or from rots in planting pieces.
  • Leaves yellow and collapse in patches. Spread occurs as spores in ground water or in rhizomes.
  • Cultural control: seed only from monitored source: preferably farmers' own seed; small beds, isolated by deep drains, or plant on ridges, or on a slope; 4-year crop rotation; weed.
  • Chemical control: Previously, carbendazim or benomyl as seed treatment, but both have been withdrawn from use on this crop in many countries because of human health concerns. Use captan or thiram, dipping seed pieces in these chemicals after cutting.
Common Name

Fusarium yellows

Scientific Name

Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. zingiberi. The f.sp. stands for 'special form'. It means that the fungus is similar in appearance to other Fusarium oxysporum fungi, but it differences genetically and only infects ginger.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson 
Information from Diseases of vegetable crops in Australia (2010). Editors, Denis Persley, et al. CSIRO Publishing; and Pegg KG, et al. (1974) Diseases of ginger in Queensland. Queensland Agricultural Journal 100(12): 611-618; and CABI (2019) Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. zingiberi. Crop Protection Compendium. (; and from Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. zingiberi (undated) Ginger Fact Sheet. (

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