Is Fusarium a Very Real Threat to Your Crops?

Fusarium fungi occur commonly in soil and on plants.  While most Fusarium fungi are harmless, some can cause devastating losses to a wide variety of crops including banana, coca, barley, wheat, rye, oats, corn, tomatoes, canary seed and forage grasses.  For instance, the Fusarium graminearum species caused blight resulting in an estimated $3 billion in total losses of US barley and wheat crops between 1991 and 1996.  Furthermore, Fusarium oxysporum, or Panama disease, infects over 100 species of plants and is a huge threat to the banana industry worldwide.


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