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FAQ - Sett rot disease

  1. Why the germination phase is vulnerable to sett rot infection?
    • Surviving pathogen in the soil enters the sett tissue through cut ends and causes rotting if they are not protected with fungicide. Delay in germination due to deep-planting or water stagnation in the field enhance the chances of pathogen entry into the setts and pathogenesis.
  2. Is sett rot amenable for fungicide control ?
    • Yes. Dipping of setts in the fungicide solution (Carbendazim, 0.05%) protects the cut ends from the surviving fungus in the soil.
  3. How to prevent sett rot disease?
    • Avoiding deep planting during monsoon and preventing water stagnation during germination phase. Dipping of setts in fungicide has to be done as a prophylactic measure before planting.

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