How to Treat Paddy Diseases: Causes, Symptoms, Disease Cycle, and Control

Welcome to our blog post on common paddy diseases! This article delves into the causes, symptoms, disease cycle, control measures, and treatment options for these diseases. Paddy(Oryza sativa) cultivation is crucial for meeting global food demands, but it is often plagued by various diseases that can severely impact yields. Understanding the factors that contribute to these diseases is essential for effective management.

How to Treat Paddy Diseases

How to Treat Paddy Diseases

Major and Common Paddy Diseases

  1. Blast (Pyricularia grisea or P. oryzae): Blast is caused by a fungus and is one of the most devastating diseases in rice. It leads to the formation of elliptical or spindle-shaped lesions on leaves, stems, and panicles. These lesions turn grayish-white with a brown border and can cause complete plant death in severe cases.
  2. Bacterial Leaf Blight (Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae): This disease is caused by a bacterium and results in water-soaked lesions with yellow halos on leaves. As the disease progresses, the lesions expand and coalesce, leading to the drying and death of leaves. Infected plants show reduced growth and yield.
  3. Rice Tungro Disease (Rice tungro virus – RTSV, RTBV): This viral disease is transmitted by insects and causes yellowing and stunting of plants. Infected plants display chlorotic (yellow) or reddish discoloration along with reduced tillering and panicle formation. Yield losses can be significant if not managed effectively.
  4. Brown Spot (Helminthosporium oryzae): Brown spot appears as small, oval to circular lesions with brown centers and yellow halos on leaves. The disease can affect above ground parts of the plant, leading to reduced photosynthesis and yield loss.
  5. Sheath Rot (Sarocladium oryzae): Sheath rot infects the sheaths enclosing the rice stem, causing their decay and turning them brown or black. This disease can weaken the stem, leading to lodging and reduced grain quality.
  6. Sheath Blight (Rhizoctonia solani): Sheath blight causes elongated, water-soaked lesions on leaf sheaths, which turn brown and give a shredded appearance. The disease can result in significant yield loss due to the premature death of affected tillers.
  7. False Smut (Ustilaginoidea virens): False smut affects rice grains, causing them to turn greenish and become powdery spores. This disease reduces grain quality and market value.
  8. Grain Discoloration (fungal complex): This complex of fungal diseases affects rice grains, leading to discoloration, darkening, or spotting. It can negatively impact grain appearance and marketability.
  9. Leaf Streak (Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola): Leaf streak causes long, slender, water-soaked lesions on leaves, which turn yellow and then brown. Severe infections can reduce photosynthesis, premature senescence, and yield loss.

Rice Blast or Blast of Rice

  • Causal agent: Pyricularia oryzae (Stage: Magnaporthe grisea)
  • Affects all crop stages from seedling to late tillering and ear heading stage
  • One of the most destructive paddy diseases, causing 70-80% grain loss
  • Symptoms: Spindle-shaped spots with a grey center and brown margin on leaves, greyish brown lesions on the neck, and black lesions on affected nodes
  • Favorable conditions: Prolonged or frequent rainfall, lower soil moisture, cooler temperature, and high relative humidity (93-99%)

Chemical Management of Rice Blast

  • Contaf Fungicide (Hexaconazole 5% EC)
  • Nativo Fungicide (Tebuconazole 50% + Trifloxystrobin 25% WG)
  • Dhanuka Kasu-B Fungicide (Kasugamacyin 3% SL)
  • Folicur Fungicide (Tebuconazole 250 EC)

Bacterial Leaf Blight of Rice

  • Causal agent: Xanthomonas oryzae
  • Affects tillering stage to the heading stage
  • Symptoms: Water-soaked spots on leaves that coalesce to form blotches and white streaks, wilting and yellowing of leaves
  • Favorable conditions: Irrigated and rainfed lowlands, a temperature of 25-34°C, relative humidity above 70%, high nitrogen fertilization, strong winds, and continuous rainfall

Chemical Management for Bacterial Leaf Blight Of Rice

  • Blue copper (Copper Oxychloride 50% WP)
  • Cristocycline (Streptomycin sulphate 90% + Tetracylin hydrochloride 10% SP)
  • Geolife Geomycin (Consortium of Plant Extracts)
  • Conika (Kasugamycin 5% + Copper Oxychloride 45% WP)

Sheath Rot Of Rice

  • Causal agent: Sarocladium oryzae
  • Affects the boot leaf stage
  • Symptoms: Greyish-brown water-soaked lesions on flag leaf sheath, white powdery fungal growth inside the affected sheath
  • Favorable conditions: Wet seasons, high nitrogen fertilization, plants with injuries and wounds, high relative humidity, and temperature of 20-28°C

Chemical Management for Sheath Rot of Rice