Everything to Know About Rust Plant Disease: Management & Prevention

In the first part of this two-part blog, we have highlighted the signs to look for when identifying a rust disease infected plant along with the causes of such disease. In this part, we will be learning about the ways you can manage and prevent rust disease from spreading.

Today, there is a whopping 5,000 known species of rust on plants.

Hemileia vastatrix is a fungus that causes coffee leaf rust which is devastating to susceptible coffee plantations. It has largely decreased the quantity and quality of yield produced by diseased coffee plants. One of the earliest record of its impact was in the 1800s, when it has destroyed Sri Lanka and Java coffee plantations. In 2012, there was a massive coffee leaf rust epidemic that hit across ten Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Rust Disease Management

The treatment for rust can generally be difficult. Below are some tips you can try.

 Isolate the infected plants and destroy them. This is to reduce the sources of spores that will infect other plants around.

 Clear the entire area from debris to prevent rust from spreading.

 Remember that water can also spread spores so you may want to avoid splashing water onto the plants’ leaves.

 Explore rust-resistant plant varieties available in the market.

 Make sure you always disinfect tools you use on plants.

 To allow good air circulation, prune plants or remove the surrounding weeds. It’s also effective if you space the plants properly.

 Search for the best fungicide available for the market.

Bionovelus’ CR-10 is an co-friendly biopesticide, biodegradable and safe to use at recommended dilution. Our proven formula kills the coffee rust fungus by being sprayed on the contaminated leaf. It also creates a protective barrier that will prevent (re-)infection. Moreover, it also shown its effectiveness against other fungi, mold, and bacteria. Follow this link to learn more.