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International Journal of Agricultural Science and Research (IJASR) ISSN 2250-0057 Vol. 3, Issue 3, Aug 2013, 149-150 Š TJPRC Pvt. Ltd.

A NEW RECORD OF LEAF SPOT DISEASE OF VIGNA UNGUICULATA L. CAUSED BY DRECHSLERA AUSTRALIENSIS (BUGNIC.) SUBRAM. & B. L. JAIN 1966 IN INDIA SOBITA SIMON, ABHILASHA A. LAL & MAYANK KUMAR Department of Plant Protection, Allahabad School of Agriculture, Sam Higgin Bottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

ABSTRACT During the monsoon season (July-September 2011) an unusual leaf spot disease was observed on cowpea crop (Vigna unguiculata) under cultivation at Department of Plant Protection, Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences-Deemed to be University (Formerly Allahabad Agricultural Institute) Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. The infection spots on the leaves started at the tip and gradually moved towards the centre later, small irregular spots mostly scattered, dark-brown with clear margin appeared (Figure 1). Critical examination of sections of such spots in the laboratory revealed the presence of a fungus with conidia which were slightly curved, broadly fusi form or obclavate fusoid, pale or mild golden brown,smooth,3-5 pseudo- septate [1] The fungus growth was fast with black coloured fluffy mycelium (Figure 3).On the basis of cultural and morphological characters the fungus was identified as Drechslera sp. Further, the culture of the fungus was sent to Indian Type Culture Collection, IARI, New Delhi The fungus was identified as Drechslera australiensis (Acc No.8854.12). And the culture is submitted at ITCC, New Delhi.

KEYWORDS: Cowpea, Vigna unguiculata, Leaf Spot, Drechslera australiensis PATHOGENECITY TEST Pathogenecity of the fungus was confirmed [2]. The suspension of the fungus was poured on the surface of moist soil in a pot and mixed in the top two cm layer of the soil and the seed were sown. The pots were kept in a polyhouse. The symptoms started appearing 25 days after sowing .D. australiensis was re-isolated from infected seedlings (Figure 4). Control plants did not show any symptoms. Search of relevant literature [3] revealed that leaf spot on cowpea caused by D.australiensis has not been reported earlier and this is a new record.


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Figure 1: Diseased Leaf of Cowpea

Figure 2(B) :Conidia of D. australiensis

Figure 3: Fungal Mycelial Growth on PDA Plate

Figure 2(A):Conidiophore and Conidia of Drechslera australiensis

Figure 2(C) :Mycelium of D. australiensis

Figure 4 :Pathogenecity Test

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During the monsoon season (July-September 2011) an unusual leaf spot disease was observed on cowpea crop (Vigna unguiculata) under cultivati...