Root Rots on Houseplants

Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology and Laura Jull, UW-Horticulture Revised:  4/25/2004 Item number:  XHT1071 What is root rot?  Root rot is a general term that describes any disease where the pathogen (causal organism) causes the deterioration of a plant’s root system.  Most plants are susceptible to root rots, including both woody and herbaceous ornamentals.  Root […]

Fungus Gnats and Shore Flies in Greenhouses

Fungus gnats are considered a cosmetic problem in most situations, but larval feeding on plant roots has been associated with root rots in greenhouse settings. Shore flies (Scatella stagnalis) are another nuisance insect and are often confused with fungus gnats in the greenhouse.

Volutella Blight

Gina Muscato and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1191 What is Volutella blight?  Volutella blight is a common and potentially lethal disease of Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis), an evergreen, semi-woody groundcover that is grown in shade gardens throughout hardiness zones 4 and 5 in Wisconsin.  Volutella blight can severely limit the […]

White Mold

Ann Joy and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  4/25/2004 Item number:  XHT1115 What is white mold?  White mold is a serious, and often lethal, fungal disease that affects over 374 types of plants in many plant families.  It causes severe damage in commercial snap, kidney and lima bean production, as well as commercial sunflower […]

Edema

Ann Joy and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  2/17/2012 Item number:  XHT1116 What is edema?  Edema (or oedema) is a physiological disorder that frequently occurs in houseplants, greenhouse plants, and other plants sheltered under plastic.  This disorder also affects field-grown vegetable crops under certain environmental conditions.  Edema is often a cosmetic problem, but in […]

Root Rots in the Garden

Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology and Laura Jull, UW-Madison Horticulture Revised:  5/20/2011 Item number:  XHT1072 What is root rot? Root rot is a general term that describes any disease where the pathogen (causal organism) attacks and leads to the deterioration of a plant’s root system.  Most plants are susceptible to root rots, including both woody […]

Crown Gall

Ann Joy and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  5/5/2005 Item number:  XHT1037 What is a crown gall?  Crown gall is the most widely distributed bacterial disease of plants in the world, affecting over 100 species of fruit crops, and woody and herbaceous ornamentals, including rose, euonymus, lilac, poplar, viburnum, willow, apple, pear, brambles, stone […]

Bird’s Nest Fungi

Amy Gibbs* and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  5/31/2005 Item number:  XHT1105 What are bird’s nest fungi?  Bird’s nest fungi are a group of organisms named for their resemblance to miniature bird’s nests.  These fungi can be found all over the world, growing and reproducing on decomposing organic matter.  In temperate regions, bird’s nest […]

Mealybugs

Karen Delahaut, formerly UW-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program Revised:  4/26/2004 Item number:  XHT1129 Mealybugs are slow-moving, small, oval insects that are covered with a white, cottony wax.  They are tropical insects that are typically only found on perennial foliage plants, and rarely on flowering or bedding plants.  They can infest all plant parts including the […]

Scales

Karen Delahaut, formerly UW-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1130 Scales are probably one of the most difficult insects to control because of their protective covering.  There are many species of scales, but they can all be categorized as either soft or armored.  Soft scales are tropical insects and are economically more […]

Whiteflies

Karen Delahaut, formerly UW-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program Revised:  4/26/2004 Item number:  XHT1127 Whiteflies are not true flies although they look fly-like.  They actually belong to the same order of insects as scales, aphids, and mealybugs: the order Homoptera.  There are several species of whiteflies that can infest greenhouses including the greenhouse (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), sweet […]

Wireworms

Authors: David Lowenstein and Russell Groves, UW-Madison Entomology Last Revised: 05/22/2020 X-number: XHT1045 Wireworms are the larvae of several species of click beetles (Family Elateridae).  These beetles flip into the air with an audible click when turned on their backs.  Wireworms feed primarily on grasses (including grass crops such as corn) but have a broad host range that […]

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