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Finger Millet Smut - Kisan Suvidha
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Finger Millet Smut

Finger Millet Smut

Finger Millet Smut: Melanopsichium eleusinis

Symptom:
  • The disease appears only at the time of grain setting
  • The smutted grains scattered randomly in the ear head
  • The affected grains gets converted into gall like bodies which are bigger than normal grains
  • Greenish swollen grains appear in the initial stages
  • The greenish sorus turns to pinkish green and finally turn to dirty black colour.

Identification of pathogen:

  • Spores are globose in shape and 7 to 11 microns in diameter
  • The epispore is densely pitted and has a rough surface
  • The spores germinate readily in water, producing septatepromycelia
  • Sporidia are formed on these both terminally and laterally
Managment:
  • Use resistant varieties

 

Source-

  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal.

 

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