Tomato leaf mould
Find out about the symptoms and spread of this destructive disease. Read about how to control leaf mould and what varieties of tomato are resistant to it.
What is tomato leaf mould?
Tomato leaf mould, caused by Passalora fulva, is a foliar disease of significance in the UK.
It can be one of the most destructive foliar diseases of tomato when the crop is grown under humid conditions. Over recent years, it has reappeared in some UK crops and has persisted overwinter on a few nurseries between one crop and the next. Prevention of the disease by managing the glasshouse environment is much easier than managing the disease once an outbreak has occurred. If this disease is not kept in check it can severely affect crops and reduce yields.
These pages provide information on disease symptoms and epidemiology, as well as information on how to manage the disease using cultural and chemical measures, effective crop husbandry, varietal resistance and plant protection products.
Yellow spots occurring on the top side of a tomato leaf caused by tomato lead mould. Image copyright Dave Kaye, RSK ADAS
Cause, symptoms and spread
Detailed information on what causes the disease and how and why it can spread.
Knowing how and when to combat the disease is key. Understanding the importance of timing, hygiene and the implementing of environmental controls can help you prevent outbreaks before they occur.
Chemical control and resistance management
As part of resistance-management spray programmes, industry-standard fungicides and biofungicides can be vital tools to help tackle the disease.
Many control options are only as good as the equipment and techniques used to implement them.
Effective crop husbandry can dramatically decrease incidence and progression of tomato leaf mould.
Varieties resistant to leaf mould
It is important, wherever possible, to grow varieties with known resistance to the disease to counter its spread while maximising your crop yield.
Read the project reports from some of AHDB’s research on tomato leaf mould
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Tomato leaf mould web pages originally authored by Sarah Maybe and Dave Kaye (RSK ADAS).
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