Cercospora theae

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Cercospora theae is a species of fungus in the family Mycosphaerellaceae. It is a plant pathogen that primarily affects the Camellia sinensis plant, commonly known as the tea plant.

Description[edit | edit source]

Cercospora theae is a hyphomycete fungus, characterized by its thread-like, branching hyphae. The fungus produces conidia, or asexual spores, which are spread by wind or water to infect new hosts.

Host and Symptoms[edit | edit source]

The primary host of Cercospora theae is the Camellia sinensis plant, from which tea is derived. The fungus causes a disease known as Cercospora leaf spot, which is characterized by the appearance of brown or black spots on the leaves of the plant. As the disease progresses, the spots may coalesce, leading to significant leaf damage and potentially, a reduction in the yield of tea leaves.

Management[edit | edit source]

Management of Cercospora theae typically involves a combination of cultural practices and chemical control. Cultural practices may include the removal and destruction of infected plant material, as well as the implementation of proper irrigation practices to reduce leaf wetness. Chemical control often involves the application of fungicides.

Impact[edit | edit source]

Cercospora theae can have a significant impact on tea production, particularly in regions where the disease is prevalent. The fungus can reduce the yield and quality of tea leaves, leading to economic losses for tea growers.

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