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Sclerotinia Blight of Peanuts. D. M. Porter, Plant Pathologist, Southern Region, ARS, USDA, Holland, Virginia 23391; M. K. Beute, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh 27607. Phytopathology 64:263-264. DOI: 10.1094/Phyto-64-263.

A peanut disease resembling Botrytis blight was recently observed in Virginia and North Carolina. Isolates of a Sclerotinia sp., tentatively identified as S. sclerotiorum, were readily isolated from diseased plant tissue. Typical field symptoms resulted following inoculation with this fungus. Although regarded as an important peanut disease in other countries, this is the first report of Sclerotinia blight of peanuts in the United States.