Secondary conidiation of Sphacelia sorghi on sorghum, a novel factor in the epidemiology of ergot disease uri icon

abstract

  • Sphacelia sorghi, the ergot pathogen of sorghum in Zimbabwe, causes copious exudation of honeydew containing macroconidia. Within a few days the exudate develops a white crust consisting of a layer of secondary conidia borne above the honeydew surface on a palisade of sterigma-like projecting hyphae which arise from the macroconidia immediately below the honeydew surface. Secondary conidia are windborne, initiate infection and are recognized for the first time to have an important role in the epidemiology of ergot disease of sorghum in Southern Africa

publication date

  • 1989
  • 1989