Wilt Diseases of Tomatoes

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Wilt diseases of tomatoes can be caused by fungal, bacterial, viral, and nematode pathogens, as well as by abiotic factors. Determining which agent is responsible can be vital for prescribing the proper management strategies. This publication discusses the common wilt diseases afflicting tomatoes in Alabama and the organisms and conditions that are responsible for their development. The publication describes the external and internal symptoms produced on the host by each pathogen; provides information on the disease life cycle and environmental conditions that favor disease development; and also provides diagnostic techniques that can be used to make in-the-field diagnosis of each disease described.

Edward Sikora
William S Gazaway
Alabama Cooperative Extension System