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Problems of Stored Garlic

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Fusarium rot
Fusarium rot 

Cloves or heads have a pinkish cast to them

Fusarium rot.pdf



 Blue mold Blue mold

Cloves or heads are turning green

Blue mold.pdf


 Botrytis Botrytis sclerotia

Cloves or heads with gray mold



 Waxy breakdown

Individual cloves appear translucent

Waxy breakdown.pdf


 Dry bulb mitesDry bulb mites 

Individual cloves with brown streaks or indents



Embellisia skin blotch 

Irregular dark areas on the outer scales of the garlic heads, usually near the base of the bulb

Embellisia Skin Blotch.pdf



Stipple spot 

Tiny amber colored specks that are slightly raised above the white portions of the clove

Stipple spot.pdf


 Black mold

Black disoloration at neck with lesions to outer scales and streaks of black mycelium and conidia beneath the outer dry scales

Black mold.pdf


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 Last updated: 11/3/2015