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Control of bacterial blight in the pomegranate.

Bacterial blight has become an increasingly serious threat for pomegranate cultivation causing yield losses up to 80% under epidemic conditions. The disease manifests itself on all aerial parts of the plants such as leaf, stem, and fruits. Initially, there are small, water-soaked lesions on the lower surface of the leaves. As the disease progresses, the spots also grow, increase their size, coalesced, and extended up to midrib in a week time. Fruit infection manifests in the form of long or round, narrow, brown – black colored lesions. Prune diseased twigs 10 to 12 inches below the point of visible symptoms, and dispose of the branches and the infected fruits by burying them. Avoid overhead watering. You can use a combination of copper and mancozeb-containing fungicides for control. Apply fungicides two to three times at seven to 10-day intervals if the symptoms appear۔

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