Salman Ghuffar, Kashif Rashid, Muhammad Najeebullah, Muhammad Z. Ahmed, Waseem Abbas, Mudassar Iqbal, Muhammad S. Saeed, Muhammad U. Khalid


Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus L.) is a commercially valuable and highly nutritious vegetable around the world. Despite its importance, In Pakistan, grey mold disease is an emerging threat to watermelon cultivation. For this purpose, in May, 2021 symptoms of grey mold were observed included greyish to brown lesions with fuzzy-like appearance on foliar tissues of watermelon in vegetable research station Sahiwal, Punjab, Pakistan. Morph-molecular characterization and pathogenicity test concluded that the causal agent of disease was Botrytis cinerea. Thus, this study signifies the first time report of Botrytis cinerea causing grey mold disease of watermelon in Pakistan.


Botrytis cinerea, Grey mold, ITS, Pathogenicity, Watermelon

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