Fusarium Wilt of Cucurbits

Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cucumerinum, melonis and niveum


A fungal disease that causes slow growth, wilting and death of vines. Reddish brown vascular staining can be seen if the stem is cut near the base. Seedling infection may appear as wilting and death.

Species Affected:

Cucumber, Marrow, Pumpkin, Rockmelon, Watermelon.


Most likely to occur where Watermelon and Rockmelon are continuously cropped.

Life Cycle:

Origin and History:



Management and Control:

Rotate crops with resistant species
Avoid moving soil from infested areas to cropping areas.
Use resistant varieties.
Fumigate severely infested areas.
Apply fungicides from the first sign of disease.

Related and Similar Species:


(McMaugh, 1985)


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