Cotton Diseases and Their Management

  • Sobia ChohanEmail author
  • Rashida Perveen
  • Muhammad Abid
  • Muhammad Nouman Tahir
  • Muhammad Sajid


Cotton industry is an important sector of the economy in all agriculture-based countries. Nevertheless, cotton production is constantly endangered by pathogens that cause considerable economic losses. Worldwide, numerous different diseases have been identified in cotton. Fusarium and Verticillium wilt, Alternaria leaf spot and seedling diseases, boll rot, leaf curl disease, and bacterial blight are the major constraints to the cotton fiber production. Maintaining the disease incidence at low level is the ultimate preference of the researchers. Understanding the etiology is the main factor to estimate the economic impact of diseases, which eventually helps to develop the management strategies. Presently, cotton leaf curl has emerged as main risk to all cotton-growing areas because of the changes in viral disease complex. In this chapter, brief history of the major diseases, the host-pathogen interactions, the taxonomy of the recognized causal agents, and different control strategies applicable to each disease including some rising techniques such as genome modification for enhanced resistance are discussed.


Cotton viral diseases Fungal diseases Bacterial diseases Wilt diseases 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sobia Chohan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rashida Perveen
    • 1
  • Muhammad Abid
    • 1
    • 2
  • Muhammad Nouman Tahir
    • 1
  • Muhammad Sajid
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyBahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultanPakistan
  2. 2.Institute of Plant Protection and Agro-products SafetyAnhui Academy of Agricultural SciencesHefeiChina

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