Alternaria Leaf Spot -- Alternaria alternata, Alternaria spp.

January 1, 2004 - 00:00

Host: Calathea, impatiens, marigold, pittosporum

Symptoms: Alternaria leaf spot first appears as water-soaked spots that are less than 1 mm in diameter. Eventually, the spots turn reddish-brown to black in color and become somewhat circular in shape. While the spots can enlarge up to 2 mm in diameter, they usually do not coalesce.

Conditions Favoring Disease: This disease often occurs where overhead irrigation is used and with exposure to rainfall.

How Pathogen Survives/Disperses: Conidia are dispersed to new leaves by irrigation or rain splash. Seed-borne disease is also common.

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