Fusarium

Common Name

Fusarium

Seasons of Activity

Symptoms are evident from May to September under favourable conditions. Fusarium survives through the spring and summer as spores and mycelium in the thatch or soil when temperatures are above 16°C or when it is dry. Under cool, wet weather, spores may germinate or mycelium may grow from thatch or soil and infect leaves within the turf canopy.

Areas of Plant Infected

Foliage and Roots.

Cultural Methods of Control

Remove excess thatch and compaction, balance nutrition, test soil PH.

Scientific Name

Microdochium nivale

Key Distinguishing Feature

It is often characterised by an orange/brown colour in the patch and patch borders of the affected area(s) of the turfgrass. The circular patches less than 5cm in diameter first appear as water-soaked spots, then rapidly change colour to tan, brown, dark brown and finally light grey. Patches can enlarge up to 20cm in diameter overtime.

Winter Fusarium is caused by the fungus Microdochium nivale It was identified for many years as a Fusarium species, hence the usage of the name Fusarium. It is primarily a cool-season and winter disease, and a pathogen of cool-season turf. However, it has been recorded on warm-season turf grasses species.

Key Products for Control:

Tombstone Duo - 20mL/100m2

Voltar - 90-180mL/100m2