Basil downy mildew detected in Ontario

Melanie Filotas, IPM Specialist – Specialty Crops, OMAF & MRA, Simcoe

Basil downy mildew was detected in a home garden in the Greater Toronto Area this week. While there have been no reports from commercial basil fields so far this year, the presence of symptoms in home gardens means inoculum may be present in the air. Current conditions are conducive to spread of the disease. Ontario basil growers should be scouting their fields closely for symptoms of downy mildew in basil. Keep reading at

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