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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Chickpea Diseases: Ecology and Control

Author
item Chen, Weidong

Submitted to: Encyclopedia of Pest Management
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 1, 2008
Publication Date: November 17, 2008
Citation: Chen, W. 2008. Chickpea Diseases: Ecology and Control. Encyclopedia of Pest Management, 1:1,1-5.

Interpretive Summary: Chickpea is an important grain legume crop cultivated in semi-arid tropics, on marginal lands, or as a rotational or specialty crop. Chickpea plants suffer a number of diseases caused by bacterial, fungi, nematodes and parasitic weeds. Four (Ascochyta blight, Fusarium wilt, Botrytis gray mold and Sclerotinia stem rot) of the economically important diseases are discussed in detail in this article. Information on other diseases of local importance is also summarized. Because host resistance is moderate in most cases and is not available in every chickpea market class, management of chickpea diseases depends on integrating host resistance with cultural practices and judicial use of chemical control. References of review articles on chickpea diseases are provided.

Technical Abstract: Chickpea is an important grain legume crop cultivated in semi-arid tropics, on marginal lands, or as a rotational or specialty crop. Chickpea plants suffer a number of diseases caused by bacterial, fungi, nematodes and parasitic weeds. Four of the economically important diseases are discussed in detail in this article. Information on other diseases of local importance is also summarized. Because host resistance is moderate in most cases and is not available in every chickpea market class, management of chickpea diseases depends on integrating host resistance with cultural practices and judicial use of chemical control.

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