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Choose Resistant Varieties to Reduce Fusarium Wilt in Lettuce

July 7, 2017

Fusarium wilt disease of lettuce (FWOL) is a growing threat to lettuce growers’ crops. A soil-borne pathogen, FWOL can ruin crisphead (iceberg) and romaine lettuces, causing plants to collapse, wilt or die. Fusarium wilt causes significant economic impact across lettuce-growing regions. According to a recent article in Western FarmPress, choosing varieties with some resistance is one way growers can manage this disease.

Many other soil borne lettuce diseases are treatable, but Fusarium wilt is not. However, there are strategies to prevent and manage the disease, including being aware of field history, planting pathogen-free seed and selecting varieties with the most resistance.

Syngenta is committed to breeding resistant varieties in Fusarium wilt and other key lettuce diseases. In romaine, Syngenta recommends planting Duquesne variety lettuce. Learn more about Duquesne and other Syngenta lettuce varieties here.

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