Diagnosing grey mould in narrow-leafed lupins
Grey mould (Botrytis cinerea) is a rare fungal disease that is favoured by warm humid spring conditions or dense crop canopies.
What to look for
- Lesions on flowers and pods in humid spring conditions that cause them to abort.
- Large sunken lesions that girdle and kill branches.
- Mature lesions are characterised by grey fuzzy mould that may contain large black sclerotia.
What else could it be
|Diagnosing brown spot in narrow-leafed lupins||Dark stem lesions||Surface lesions without grey fuzzy mould|
|Diagnosing sclerotinia collar rot in narrow-leafed lupins||Stem lesions, premature death.||White cottony growth on stem instead of grey fuzzy growth.|
Where did it come from?
Wet or humid conditions
- The fungus is hosted by many broadfleaf plants, and survives on infected stubble.
- Warm moist conditions favour infection, which ceases in dry spring weather.
- Millions of spores are produced in grey mould that can be wind-borne over large distances
- This disease may be more common in albus lupins but rarely causes economic damage in WA lupin crops.
Where to go for expert help
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