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Powdery mildew

Powdery mildew
Example of powdery mildew (right) along with Downy mildew on a grape leaf
Causal agents Species of fungi in the orders Erysiphales
Hosts plants

Powdery mildew is a

  • Erysiphe necatorAbout

External links

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  4. ^ Maloy, Otis and Debra Inglis (1993) Powdery Mildew, Washington University extension, Diseases of Washington Crops. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Belanger, R. r. et al. (April 2003). Cytological Evidence of an Active Role of Silicon in Wheat Resistance to Powdery Mildew (Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici). Phytopathology, 93. Retrieved from
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  7. ^ Powdery Mildew - Sustainable Gardening Australia
  8. ^ Organic Fruit Production in Michigan
  9. ^ Tamm, Lucius; Amsler, Thomas; Schaerer, Hansjakob; Refardt, Mathias (2006). "Efficacy of Armicarb (potassium bicarbonate) against scab and sooty blotch on apples". In last=Boos, Markus. Ecofruit: 12th International Conference on Cultivation Technique and Phytopathological Problems in Organic Fruit-growing (PDF). pp. 87–92 Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  10. ^ a b DeBacco, Matthew. "Compost Tea and Milk to Suppress Powdery Mildew (Podosphaera xanthii) on Pumpkins and Evaluation of Horticultural Pots Made from Recyclable Fibers Under Field Conditions". University of Connecticut. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Bettiol, Wagner (September 1999). "Effectiveness of cow's milk against zucchini squash powdery mildew (Sphaerotheca fuliginea) in greenhouse conditions". Crop Protection 18 (8): 489–492.  
  12. ^ a b c Raloff, Janet. "A Dairy Solution to Mildew Woes".  
  13. ^ a b Cohen, R.; Burger, Y.; Katzir, N. (2004). ), the Causal Agent of Powdery Mildew in Curcubits: Factors Affecting Race Identification and the Importance for Research and Commerce"Sphaerotheca fuliginea (syn. Podosphaera xanthii"Monitoring Physiological races of . Phythoparasitica 32 (2): 174–183. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
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  15. ^ Pérez-García, A.; Romero, D.; Fernández-Ortuño, D.; López-Ruiz, F.; De Vicente, A.; Torés Montosa, Juan Antonio (March 2009). "The powdery mildew fungus Podosphaera fusca (synonym Podosphaera xanthii), a constant threat to cucurbits". Molecular Plant Pathology 10 (2): 153–160.   First published online 9 December 2008, doi:10.1111/j.1364-3703.2008.00527.x.
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  18. ^ Sawadaea tulasnei (Fuckel) Homma 1937 - Encyclopedia of Life
  19. ^ Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook


See also

Golovinomyces orontii causes powdery mildew on Arabidopsis (rockcress) leaves.


Erysiphe berberidis is a fungus that causes powdery mildew on Oregon grape leaves. [19]

Oregon grape

Sawadaea tulasnei is a fungus that causes powdery mildew on tree leaves. This fungus attacks the leaves of the Acer platanoides (Norway maple) in North America, Great Britain, and Ireland, Acer palmatum (also known as the Japanese maple or smooth Japanese maple).[18]

Tree leaves

Podosphaera aphanis is the cause of powdery mildew in strawberries and other Rosaceae like Geum rivale (the water avens)


Microsphaera syringae is a fungus that can cause powdery mildew in lilac.[17]


[16].Leveillula taurica Cucumbers in greenhouse environments have also been reported to be susceptible to [15].P. xanthii is another, sometimes considered synonymous with Podosphaera fusca [2][1] At least three other

A 2004 literature review regarding powdery mildew races that parasitize various cucurbit plants concluded that "race identification is important for basic research and is especially important for the commercial seed industry, which requires accuracy in declaring the type and level of resistance ... in its products". However, identifying specific races was seen as having little utility in horticulture for choosing specific cultivars, because of the rapidity with which the local pathogen population can change geographically, seasonally, and by host plant.[13]

Since 1925, commercial Cucumis melo (cantaloup and muskmelon) production has been engaged in a biological "arms race" against cucurbit powdery mildew (CPM) caused by the fungus Podosphaera xanthii, with new cultivars of melons being developed for resistance to successively arising races of the fungus, identified simply as race 1, race 2, etc. (seven in total by 2004), for races found around the world, and race N1 through N4 for some divergent races native to Japan.[13] Various subraces have been identified, and given names such as race 2U.S., race 3.5, and race 4.5.[14] A new race S was discovered in 2003, and a specific melon cultivar (C. melo var. acidulus 'PI 313970') found resistant to it, then used for backcrossing to increase resistance in other cultivars.[14] Such modern selective breeding of plants for phytopathological resistance to particular fungal races involves a great deal of genetic research; this PI 313970 versus race S case involved multi-stage hybridization to propagate a recessive gene, pm-S in successive generations, and how this may affect other recessive and codominant genes for resistance to other races of P. xanthii "remains to be determined".[14]

Multiple species of fungus can cause powdery mildew of cucurbits: cucumbers, squashes (including pumpkins), luffas, melons, and watermelons.

Powdery mildew of cucurbits

Gourds and melons

Podosphaera leucotricha is a fungus that can cause powdery mildew of apples and pears.

Apples and pears

The fungus causing powdery mildew of onions is Leveillula taurica (also known by its anamorph name, Oidiopsis taurica). It also infects the artichoke.


Erysiphe necator (or Uncinula necator) causes powdery mildew of grapes.

Powdery mildew of grape


Powdery mildew in Soyabean leaves.

Legumes like Soyabean, bean are also seen attacked by Powdery mildew fungus.


Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici, causes powdery mildew of wheat, whereas f. sp. hordei causes powdery mildew of barley.

Wheat, Barley and other cereals

Powdery mildews of various plants

[12] when exposed to sunlight, and contact with these radicals is damaging to the fungus.radicals, produces oxygen whey, a protein in ferroglobulin The exact mechanism of action is unknown, but one known effect is that [12].roses and [12],grapes [10],pumpkins [11],summer squash Milk has proven effective in treating powdery mildew of [11] at higher concentrations.fenarimol and benomyl and better than [10]


Another chemical treatment involves treating with a silicon solution or calcium silicate slag. Silicon helps the plant cells defend against fungal attack by degrading haustoria and by producing callose and papilla. With silicon treatment, epidermal cells are less susceptible to powdery mildew of wheat.[5]

Chemical control is possible with fungicides such as triadimefon and propiconazole.

In an agricultural setting, the pathogen can be controlled using chemical methods, genetic resistance, and careful farming methods.


Wooly aphids (Eriosomatinae) and other sucking insects are often vectors of transmission for powdery mildew, and other infectious diseases. Typically wooly aphids in sub temperate climates precede and are an indicator of various infections, including Powdery mildew. Aphids penetrate plant surfaces where they often reside and provide a host of potential inoculants through physical, digestive or fecal secretions. Aphids are often an indicator of other potential plant problems.

Vectors of transmission

Powdery mildew fungi reproduce both sexually and asexually. Sexual reproduction is via chasmothecia (formerly cleistothecium), a type of ascocarp. Within each ascocarp are several asci. Over time, ascospores mature and are released to initiate new infections. Conditions necessary for spore maturation differ among species.



  • Reproduction 1
    • Vectors of transmission 1.1
  • Management 2
  • Powdery mildews of various plants 3
    • Wheat, Barley and other cereals 3.1
    • Legumes 3.2
    • Grape 3.3
    • Onions 3.4
    • Apples and pears 3.5
    • Gourds and melons 3.6
    • Lilacs 3.7
    • Strawberries 3.8
    • Tree leaves 3.9
    • Oregon grape 3.10
    • Arabidopsis 3.11
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
Powdery mildew growing on a leaf in high magnification.
Powdery mildew growing on a leaf (magnified).

Powdery mildew grows well in environments with high humidity and moderate temperatures.[3] In an agricultural setting, the pathogen can be controlled using chemical methods, genetic resistance, and careful farming methods. It is important to be aware of powdery mildew and its management as the resulting disease can significantly reduce crop yields.[4] Greenhouses provide an ideal moist, temperate environment for the spread of the disease.

are formed, and the mildew may spread up and down the length of the plant. spores can appear on any above-ground part of the plant. As the disease progresses, the spots get larger and denser as large numbers of asexual mildew Powdery mildew is one of the easier plant diseases to identify, as its symptoms are quite distinctive. Infected plants display white powdery spots on the leaves and stems. The lower leaves are the most affected, but the [2][1]

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