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Bakane Disease

Bakane Disease:

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, has developed biocontrol agent Trichoderma asperellum (2% WP), and registered it with the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC)

  • This registration aims to manage Foot Rot (also known as Bakane disease) in Basmati rice, which has been a persistent problem in the region, causing considerable losses to farmers and threatening the state’s export prospects.
  • Foot Rot, also known as Bakanae Disease, is a significant fungal disease affecting rice, particularly the Basmati variety.
  • Foot Rot is caused by the fungus Gibberella fujikuroi (also known as Fusarium monoliforme).
  • It primarily affects the roots and basal stems of rice plants.
  • The disease is characterized by:
    • Abnormal elongation of seedlings
    • Seedlings turning pale yellow
    • Eventually, the seedlings dry up and die