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

Le, Duy Phu, Smith, Mike, Hudler, George William and Aitken, Elizabeth (2014) Pythium soft rot of ginger: Detection and identification of the causal pathogens, and their control. Crop Protection, 65 153-167. doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2014.07.021


Author Le, Duy Phu
Smith, Mike
Hudler, George William
Aitken, Elizabeth
Title Pythium soft rot of ginger: Detection and identification of the causal pathogens, and their control
Journal name Crop Protection   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-2194
1873-6904
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.cropro.2014.07.021
Volume 65
Start page 153
End page 167
Total pages 15
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Advanced detection
Control strategies
Ginger
Oomycota
Production
Pythium
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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