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Field Guide - Potato Late Blight

Potato Late Blight

Potato late blight will appear on leaves as a pale green irregular spot. These areas will enlarge rapidly and will look like a water soaked “grease spot”, often these areas will have a yellow halo around the infected area. A white mildew ring will often form around the necrotic area.

Under humid conditions a white mycelium can be seen around the necrotic areas.

Stems and petioles will turn brown when infected and will be very brittle when infected with late blight; white mycelium may be present under moist conditions.

In moist weather, late blight spreads rapidly and all plants in a field can become infected. Diseased and decaying plants give off a fetid odor.

Tubers are readily infested in the soil by water movement of spores. Initial tuber infection will have a brownish discoloration of the skin. Under the skin, the flesh will appear reddish brown with a granular texture.

Image Description: Potato late blight on leaves

Image Description: white mycelium on leaves

Image Description: Infected stems and petioles

Image Description: infected tuber

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Cooperative Extension: Potatoes
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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