Excerpt from Memoirs of the Department of Agriculture in India: A Pythium Disease of Ginger, Tobacco and Papaya Butler has previously mentioned1 that a species identified as Pythium gracile Schenk (not de Bary) causes a serious disease of ginger plants near Surat (bombay). It was pointed out, however, that it is not now possible to be quite certain what fungus Sch enk had under study, as he did not describe it fully and there are several allied forms difficult to distinguish from one another. The symptoms by which the disease can be recognized are a wither ing of the leaves and a softening of the stalks at the collar though not to such a degree as to make them fall over. Specimens preserved in the Pusa Her barium Show that the Surat fungus agrees with that now under consideration. It was not cultivated and no inoculations were carried out.
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