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Common Rust: Kentucky Corn IPM

Common Rust


Symptoms

The common rust fungus attacks corn leaves by producing circular to oblong golden-brown to cinnamon-brown pustules on upper and lower leaf surfaces. Rust pustules contain a thin membrane that ruptures, exposing the brightly colored spores of the fungus. About mid-season, these pustules turn brownish-black in color. Look for them on middle to upper leaves.

Cause

Common rust is caused by Puccinia sorghi. Periods of cool temperatures of 60-72 degrees F (16-23 degrees C) and high relative humidity favor development and spread of this rust species.

Common Rust

IPM Techniques

References and Additional Information

  • IPM-2 Kentucky IPM Manual for Corn

  • PPA-10a Kentucky Plant Disease Management Guide for Corn and Sorghum, P. Vincelli and D.E. Hershman, Extension Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky
  • Compendium of Corn Diseases.M.C. Shurtleff. The Amer. Phytopathol. Soc. 1980.

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