Downy mildew

Is this a Minor Pest?
Minor Pest Title

Downy mildew (Peronospora parasitica)

Minor Pest Description

Most downy mildew fungi require cool weather for reproduction and development. This is not true of the cucurbit downy mildew fungus. Optimum temperature for infection is at 16 to 220C. It can survive when temperatures are over 37.80C. The most critical factor for infection is a film of moisture and / or long dew periods on leaves. Disease spread is primarily through wind and rain splash. The fungusattacks only members of the cucumber family, mostly those that are cultivated, although it can infect wild cucumber and a few other weed hosts.

Minor Pest What to do.
  • Use resistant varieties, if available
  • Leave wide spacing between plants
  • Avoid overlap of cucurbit plantings
  • Copper fungicides at 0.1 % can provide control (follow product label instructions)
Pest Type
Host Plants