Epidemiology and Management
of Fusarium Wilt of Cotton
By R. Michael Davis, Ph.D.
Department of Plant Pathology
University of California Davis
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The interest in Fusarium wilt of cotton has escalated in recent years due to the discovery of virulent genotypes of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum in Australia and California. Because the fungus is seedborne, the containment of these strains and a description of their current distribution are critically important to cotton growers wherever the crop is grown. In this Focus on Cotton presentation, the epidemiology and management of the disease are discussed, as well as history of the disease in the U.S.