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September 2nd, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

Charcoal rot is caused by a fungus that invades various agricultural crops and gives them a charred appearance. The disease is becoming more widespread in South Africa – which is worrying, since it can dramatically affect crop yields which drives up prices and hits farmers’ incomes.

Charcoal rot attacks crops that are the source of staple foods, like maize and sorghum, as well as sunflower and soybean which are important sources of animal feed. Other crops affected include common beans, canola, cotton, tobacco, strawberries and some vegetables. See more