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Species Capsicum annuum
Crop Pepper
Pest Scientific Name Cochliobolus lunatus
Additional Info
Complementary Info Anamorph: Curvularia lanata
Type Fungus
Pest Classification Is seed a pathway in this crop? Pathway not proven
Main literature references 1-40, 1-82, 1-135, 1-145
Remarks C. lunatus is the causal agent of a number of diseases on cereals. Pepper is not commonly known as a host of C. lunatus. One abstract indicates that samples of local market seed has C. lunatus associated with the seed in a blotter assay. Seed as a pathway was not verified. No other references found indicating pepper as a host or seed as a pathway for C. lunatus on pepper seed. Commercial seed cleaning and sanitization would reduce the potential for seed contamination. Seed can be a pathway on sorghum, corn, soybean, grasses and other crops. <strong>Available information indicates there is no scientific basis for regulation of C. lunatus on pepper seed. <strong></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 pepper.
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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