Basil downy mildew foundBasil downy mildew has hit Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reported.
Basil downy mildew has hit Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reported. Two cases have been confirmed. The mildew is caused by a fungus and can affect varieties grown in gardens and in commercial greenhouses. Symptoms include yellowing of leaves followed by dark spots with dark fuzzy growth on the underside of the leaves.
The disease is spread by infected seeds as well as through windblown spores and can move quickly, the MDA reported. There is no human health risk.
Those who suspect basil downy mildew in their plants should contact the MDA at email@example.com or call 1-888-545-6684.