EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 1994 Num. article: 1994/79

Identification of seedborne fungi

Seeds of sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut are known to to harbour over 62 seedborne fungi belonging to 37 genera. In this publication, an attempt has been made to help to identify these fungi usually observed during seed health tests conducted for phytosanitary certification. The publication provides descriptions and illustrations of 45 seedborne fungi, with brief information of the diseases caused by them, methods of seed transmission, detection, symptoms on the seed, morphological characteristics of the fungi, quarantine importance and control measures to eradicate seedborne inoculum and to prevent inadvertent introductions. Microphotographs are included to help identify the fungi. A world list of seedborne diseases is also given to help regulatory authorities formulate policies involving seedborne fungi.
The EPPO Secretariat believes that the publication can be considered as a useful guide for plant quarantine laboratories.

"A picturial guide to the identification of seedborne
fungi of sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet
chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut."

Information Bulletin No. 34, 1993
Patancheru, A.P. 502 324, India: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.
ISBN 92-9066-251-4
Order Code: IBE 034


EPPO Secretariat, Paris (1994-03)