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Foot Rot Disease

Foot Rot Disease:

Several farmers raised the concern over “foot rot” disease in the saplings of the Basmati variety of paddy in the nurseries.

  • Foot rot disease also known as Bakanae Disease.
  • It is a soil and seed-borne deadly fungus which is seen only in the Basmati variety of paddy.
  • It is caused by ‘Fusarium verticillioides’ fungi.
  • The infected saplings turn pale yellow and become elongated and later, the saplings start drying and usually die.
  • Symptoms sometimes appear after transplantation and the infected plants first grow way taller than the normal plants and die after a few days.
  • India is known for its Basmati rice, with the produce from seven States — Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand — earmarked for Geographical Indication.