Disease: Root rotPathogen: Pythium spp.Host: Melon and other cucurbits (cucumber or melon family)
Root rots are a common problem in the vegetable garden. Various species Pythium (a fungallike organism in the Oomycetes or water molds) cause the rotting of the roots of many plants. Symptoms typically include brown to black lesions and the lack of any small roots attached to the main feeder roots. The above ground symptoms of root rots often appear to be general wilting and collapse of the plant.
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