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Pythium soft rot of ginger: Detection and identification of the causal pathogens, and their control

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Le, D. P., Smith, M., Hudler, G. W. and Aitken, E. (2014) Pythium soft rot of ginger: Detection and identification of the causal pathogens, and their control. Crop Protection, 65 . pp. 153-167. ISSN 0261-2194

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2014.07.021

Publisher URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261219414002415


Ginger is considered by many people to be the outstanding member among 1400 other species in the family Zingiberaceae. Not only it is a valuable spice used by cooks throughout the world to impart unique flavour to their dishes but it also has a long track record in some Chinese and Indian cultures for treating common human ailments such as colds and headaches. Ginger has recently attracted considerable attention for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. However, ginger as a crop is also susceptible to at least 24 different plant pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi and nematodes. Of these, Pythium spp. (within the kingdom Stramenopila, phyllum Oomycota) are of most concern because various species can cause rotting and yield loss on ginger at any of the growth stages including during postharvest storage. Pythium gracile was the first species in the genus to be reported as a ginger pathogen, causing Pythium soft rot disease in India in 1907. Thereafter, numerous other Pythium spp. have been recorded from ginger growing regions throughout the world. Today, 15 Pythium species have been implicated as pathogens of the soft rot disease. Because accurate identification of a pathogen is the cornerstone of effective disease management programs, this review will focus on how to detect, identify and control Pythium spp. in general, with special emphasis on Pythium spp. associated with soft rot on ginger.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:Oomycota Pythium Ginger Advanced detection Control strategies Production
Subjects:Plant culture > Food crops
Plant pests and diseases > Plant pathology
Live Archive:21 Jan 2015 01:55
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:50

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