Cercospora brachypus

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Cercospora brachypus is a species of fungus in the family Mycosphaerellaceae. It is a plant pathogen that affects a variety of crops and plants, causing a disease known as Cercospora leaf spot.

Taxonomy[edit | edit source]

The genus Cercospora contains over 5,000 species, with Cercospora brachypus being one of them. The species was first described in the scientific literature by the mycologist Friedrich Wilhelm Gottlieb Rostkovius in 1842.

Description[edit | edit source]

Cercospora brachypus is a hyphomycete fungus. It produces conidia (asexual spores) that are multi-septate and hyaline (transparent). The conidiophores (spore-bearing structures) are brown and septate.

Pathogenicity[edit | edit source]

Cercospora brachypus is a plant pathogen that causes Cercospora leaf spot, a common disease of many plant species. The fungus infects the leaves, causing spots that are initially small and circular, but can coalesce into larger lesions. The disease can lead to significant yield losses in affected crops.

Management[edit | edit source]

Management of Cercospora brachypus and the disease it causes involves a combination of cultural practices and chemical control. Cultural practices include crop rotation and the use of resistant varieties. Chemical control typically involves the use of fungicides.

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