Eyespot of Strawberries

Mycosphaerella fragariae

Names:

Strawberry Leaf Spot.

Description:

A fungal disease causing round spots that is usually less than 3 mm diameter on leaves that are initially brown and develop a grey to white centre with purplish to reddish margins. When large numbers of spots occur the leaf may yellow and die.

Species Affected:

Strawberry.

Biology:

Favoured by wet periods in late spring.
Survives on plant debris in the soil.
Spores spread by wind and raindrop splash.

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Significance:

Early infections can cause major losses. Late infections usually have little economic impact.

Management and Control:

Don't plant diseased runners.
Destroy diseased plant residues.
Avoid planting in damp shady areas.
Apply fungicides.

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Acknowledgments:

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