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- n. Any of many fungi, of the genus Verticillium, that cause wilt in plants
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of hyphomycetous fungi, having erect branched conidiophores with the terminal branches in whorls and bearing unicellular hyaline or bright-colored conidia. Over 50 species have been described. V. Candelabrum is a common species on decaying wood in Europe and North America.
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- n. a fungus of the genus Verticillium
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However, it is possible that it is infected with a fungus or disease such as verticillium wilt, which can cause leaf drop much as you described.
No evidence was found supporting earlier reports that a verticillium fungus is causing the disease.
Aside from planting verticillium wilt-tolerant or partially resistant varieties, Wheeler said, planting appropriate seed densities of four seeds per foot of row, not over watering, and using crop rotation with sorghum or corn when possible will also lessen the blow wielded by this disease.
Wheeler said verticillium wilt is no newcomer to the High Plains, and cotton isn't the only crop it hits.
All were planted in small plots located in six verticillium wilt-infested cotton fields with Fibermax
Dr. Terry Wheeler, a cotton pathologist at Lubbock, said the fungus causing verticillium wilt has become the region's worst cotton profit-stealer.
"We aim to produce lower biomass crops with consistent yields, low lodging and pod shatter risk, and good resistance to stem canker, verticillium wilt and light leaf spot."
You should avoid places other plants have been grown for 3 years such as eggplants, peppers, potatoes or tomatoes since they are susceptible to verticillium wilt which is associated with those plants.
HGCA-funded trials being conducted with Farmacy on an infected site in Lincolnshire have given some useful preliminary information on variety performance in the presence of verticillium wilt.
"Even if verticillium causes a small yield loss, these top performers should still deliver well."