Choenophora blight in Paddy

Paddy is a staple food crop in most of the countries in the world. In India, many of the farmers cultivate Paddy crop. Paddy accounts for the majority of the food crops grown in the country. We know that there are many insect pests and diseases that attack Paddy crop plants. There are many diseases in Paddy. However, there exist some minor or rare microbes that attack Paddy plants. Among them, Choenophora is one of the plant pathogens that attacks Paddy crop plants especially during the times of uneven rains during the flowering stage of the crop.

Many of the farmers and agripreneurs know only about the Choanephora blight in chilli,  Choanephora rot of cucurbits, Choenophora wet rot of chilli control, many of them don’t know about how to treat Choanephora rot. Let us discuss the Choenophora blight disease in paddy.

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Paddy Choenophora blight disease

Cause: Choenophora sp.

Symptoms of Paddy Choenophora disease

  • Symptoms mostly occur during the flowering stage of the Paddy crop. Choenophora pathogen structures are seen feeding on the pollen of Paddy flowers.
  • The disease occurs during uneven rains in Kharif as well as Rabi seasons.
  • The structures of the plant pathogens are seen on the pollen grains of the Paddy panicles.

Management of Paddy Choenophora disease

  • It is very easy to control the Choenophora blight disease in Paddy if we notice at the early stages of identifying the disease.
  • There are many chemical fungicides that are available in the market in order to control the Paddy Choenophora blight disease.
  • Spray fungicides such as Carbendazim 12% + Mancozeb 63% WP @ 300 gm/acre or 1.5gm/lt water.
  • Never use power sPrayer while spraying the insecticides or fungicides in Paddy crop during the flowering stage.
  • The trade names of these Carbendazim 12% + Mancozeb 63% WP are SAAF (UPL), Riper (Atul crop care) etc.

This is all about occasional or rare diseases in Paddy crop. Comment below if you have any further queries.

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