White Rust

Christopher Clark, Buckley, Lori

White rust lesions on leaves of three different cultivars as seen from the upper side (left) and the lower side (right).

White rust occurs commonly on Beauregard during rainy seasons but may not be seen at all in dry years. Lesions appear on leaves as yellow to brown angular spots limited by the leaf veins.

The name of the disease comes from the fact that white pustules containing many spores develop in the lesions on the underside of the leaf. Although it has not been thoroughly studied, it is thought that white rust does not affect yield of storage roots.

Please direct questions or comments about sweet potato disease to Dr. Clark, professor of Plant Pathology.  
7/27/2005 12:59:30 AM
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