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Species Cucumis melo
Crop Melon
Pest Scientific Name Lasiodiplodia theobromae
Additional Info
Complementary Info Synonym: Diplodia natalensis, Teleomorph: Physalospora rhodina
Type Fungus
Pest Classification Is seed a pathway in this crop? Pathway not proven
Main literature references 4-15, 4-60, 4-64, 4-92
Remarks A soilborne fungus that causes a fruit rot. The disease incidence on melon is limited. No references found indicating seed is a pathway for L. theobromae in melon. Furthermore, commercial seed harvesting (avoiding symptomatic plants), cleaning and sanitization would reduce the potential for seed contamination. <strong>Available information indicates there is no scientific basis for regulation of L. theobromae on melon 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 L. theobromae on melon.
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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