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Pythium

Definition – What does Pythium mean?

Pythium is a genus of parasitic oomycotes, which were previously classified as fungi.

Various Pythium species are responsible for serious diseases in plants such as rot and damping-off. This parasite can induce a root rot that is a common crop disease.

Symptoms of Pythium related diseases include stunted plants, brown or dead root tips, wilting plants during midday, yellow plants, and brown tissue on the outer portion of the root. Once a plant becomes infected with Pythium it can be very difficult to control. While pesticides might be able to get rid of Pythium, prevention is the best cure.

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