First report of fusarium wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum on strawberry in Bangladesh.
In March 2016, wilted foliage and dead strawberry plants of cv. Strawberry Festival were found in a strawberry nursery in Rajshahi district of Bangladesh, affecting 10% of the plants. Symptoms included wilting of foliage, drying and withering of older leaves, stunted growth and reduced fruit production, leading to eventual plant collapse. A lengthwise cut through the crown of diseased plants showed distinct brown to reddish discoloration. The causal pathogen was isolated and identified as Fusarium oxysporum based on morphological, molecular and pathogenicity analyses. This is thought to be the first report of Fusarium wilt of strawberry in Bangladesh.