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First Report of Fruit Rot of Ridge Gourd (Luffa acutangula) Caused by Sclerotium rolfsii

C. S. Kousik, J. Ikerd, and M. Mandal

January 2016


Ridge gourd is a specialty cucurbit vegetable cultivated in the United States on a small scale for select markets. We report the infection of ridge gourd fruit by Sclerotium rolfsii (teleomorph: Athelia rolfsii). This appears to be the first report of Sclerotium rot of ridge gourd. In fields with history of S. rolfsii, the gourds should be grown on trellis to prevent fruit contact with wet soil. Several fungicides are available to manage S. rolfsii and may have to be applied if and when needed.


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