Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Taro corm rots - post-harvest (179)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Worldwide in the tropics, on many crops. Important diseases.
  • Fungi, water moulds (oomycetes) and bacteria cause the rots. They enter corms at harvest when suckers are broken off. The common ones are: (i) Athelia – pink with white border; (ii) Pythium - white crumbly rot; (iii) Phytophthora taro leaf blight - firm brown rot; (iv) Lasiodiplodia - black, spongy, sour-smelling rot; and (v) Erwinia - soft rot.
  • Cultural control: harvest, remove suckers and soil, and store in (i) leaf-lined soil pit, or (ii) plastic bags or (iii) plastic-lined cardboard boxes, if for markets.
  • Chemical control: improve storage in plastic bags by first dipping corms in bleach (1% for 1-2 mins).

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