First report of sheath blight caused by Waitea circinata affecting foxtail millet (Setaria italica) in China.
In August 2013, a sheath blight outbreak on foxtail millet was recorded in Shijiazhuang city, Hebei, China, with an incidence of approximately 60%. Typical disease symptoms consisted of large, irregular lesions with reddish-brown margin and, as the disease progressed, the plants lodged. The causal pathogen was identified as Rhizoctonia zeae based on cultural, morphological, genetic (ITS) and pathogenicity analyses. This is thought to be the first report of foxtail millet sheath blight caused by R. zeae in China.