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Basil downy mildew found in Minnesota

A new fungal disease has been discovered on basil in Minnesota. Two cases were reported in Ramsey and Washington counties. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advising gardeners to take precautions to prevent the disease from spreading.
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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed the state's first case of basil downy mildew. The Associated Press reports the growth was discovered by a homeowner in Ramsey County and a second case was confirmed in Washington County by the University of Minnesota.

Symptoms of the disease on basil are yellowing of the leaves followed by dark spots with a dark fuzzy growth on the underside of leaves, according to a MDA news release, and gardeners are advised to plant only clean seed or transplants, minimize periods of leaf wetness and properly dispose of infected plants.

The University of Minnesota says healthy leaves can be harvested and eaten.

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