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Carrot > Root > Forked or misshaped root

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Compacted or rocky soil

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Northern root knot nematode
Meloidogyne hapla

  • Tap root is stunted, deformed, or forked
  • Many fibrous roots may be present
  • Many small round to irregular lumps and swellings can be found on both the tap root and fibrous roots
  • In severely infected plants, carrot tops may be stunted, yellow, and wilt during the day
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Pythium root dieback
Pythium spp.

  • Carrot root is short stunted and may be forked or misshapen
  • Carrot top may yellow and wilt if root damage is severe
  • Horizontal lesions (1/10 cm to 1 cm) may appear on the surface of the root
  • Common in heavy wet soils and organic soils
  • More information on Pythium root dieback...

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