Silver scurf (Helminthosporium solani [Dur. & Mont.]), a disease of increasing importance in potatoes.
This work presents a bibliographic review of the silver scurf
disease and its causal agent Helminthosporium solani (Dur.
& Mont.) in potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.). The disease
has a worldwide distribution and for at least 15 year it has
acquired increasing importance as a limiting factor in the
production of these tubers. The review shows the economic
importance of the disease, its detection on tubers as well as
in the soil, and its isolation procedures. It also explains the
life cycle of H. solani, which is not completely known yet.
It also discusses the possibilities for controlling silver scurf
by the use of fungicides, tillage and cultivation methods in
the field, storage management, the use of antagonists, and
through the breeding of new cultivars.