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White mold
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

  • Roots quickly become soft and watery
  • Leaves are dark brown and covered in fluffy white fungal growth in humid conditions
  • Infected roots may first appear healthy but quickly turn gray
  • Cottony white fungal growth develops on root
  • Hard black round to oblong sclerotia form in white fungal growth
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Bacterial soft rot
Erwinia carotovora subsp. Carotovora

  • Rotted sections of the root may dissolve into liquid when carrots are pulled
  • Dark sunken, soft mushy cavities may form in the root
  • Eventually part or all of the root becomes soft, watery, and slimy
  • When root damage is severe, leaves turn yellow and wilt
  • A foul odor may be present with the rot
  • Common in very wet heavy soils
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