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Species Spinacia oleracea
Crop Spinach
Pest Scientific Name Cochliobolus lunatus
Additional Info
Complementary Info Anamorph: Curvularia lunata
Type Fungus
Pest Classification Is seed a pathway in this crop? Pathway not proven
Main literature references 3-59, 3-68, 3-81, 3-82
Remarks C. lunatus is the causal agent of a number of diseases on cereals. Only one citation of spinach as a host found from Pakistan in the USDA database. Spinach is not commonly known as a host of C. lunatus. No references found indicating seed as a pathway for C. lunatus in spinach. Observed on plants of Indian or Malabar spinach (Basella rubra) which is not the same as spinach (Spinacia oleracea). <strong>Available information indicates there is no scientific basis for regulation of C. lunatus on spinach seed.</strong>
Detection Is there a seed test? No
If yes, type of test
Main literature references
Remarks No references found indicating a seed test exists for C. lunatus on spinach.
Risk mitigation Can the pest be managed by seed treatment(s)? Yes
If yes, what type(s) Chemical (seed coating)
Main literature references
Remarks No references found, however, a seed treatment (such as Thiram slurry), used as a prophylactic measure, may be effective against the fungus.

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