Assam faces fungal disease threat

Assam's tea industry is facing a significant new threat as a recently identified fungal disease begins to impact tea leaf quality and production. This marks the first report of Lasiodiplodia theobromae-induced leaf necrosis in India. The fungus was also earlier reported in China.


Leaf necrosis affects the upper parts of tea leaves, causing them to turn brownish and rot. Conventional fungicides are ineffective against Lasiodiplodia theobromae, presenting a significant problem for tea garden owners.


The rapid spread of this disease could potentially lead to more than a 50% loss in tea production if not effectively controlled.



Source: East Mojo (Extracts), Courtesy: Tea Exporters’ Association Sri Lanka

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