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UC Pest Management Guidelines


Ramularia Leaf Spot

Pathogen: Ramularia cynarae

(Reviewed 1/07, updated 6/09, pesticides updated 5/15)

In this Guideline:


Ramularia leaf spot is characterized by circular, brown lesions on both upper and lower surfaces of leaves. If disease is severe, lesions will coalesce and the entire leaf will turn brown and dry up. White spores of the fungus will usually develop in leaf lesions. On flower bracts, brown patchy lesions will also form, causing the bracts to curl and dry out.


Infections on flower bracts usually make the artichoke bud unmarketable.


Consider a fungicide application when flower bract infection follows leaf infection.

Common name Amount per acre R.E.I.‡ P.H.I.‡
(Example trade name)   (hours) (days)

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A. TRIFLOXYSTROBIN 3.0–3.8 fl oz 12 0
  (Gem 500 SC)
  MODE-OF-ACTION GROUP NAME (NUMBER1): Quinone outside inhibitor (11)
  (Quadris) 11 – 15.5 fl oz 4 0
  MODE-OF-ACTION GROUP NAME (NUMBER1): Quinone outside inhibitor (11)
  COMMENTS: Do not apply more than one application before alternating with a fungicide that has a different mode of action group number. Do not make more than 4 applications/acre per crop year. Do not apply more than 2.88 pts (1.5 lb a.i.)/acre per crop year. Also controls powdery mildew and Botrytis.
  (Rally 40WSP) 4 oz 24 3
  MODE-OF-ACTION GROUP NAME (NUMBER1): Demethylation inhibitor (3)
  COMMENTS: Do not apply more than 0.4 lb a.i./acre per year or exceed 4 applications per year.
Restricted entry interval (R.E.I.) is the number of hours (unless otherwise noted) from treatment until the treated area can be safely entered without protective clothing. Preharvest interval (P.H.I.) is the number of days from treatment to harvest. In some cases the REI exceeds the PHI. The longer of two intervals is the minimum time that must elapse before harvest.
* Permit required from county agricultural commissioner for purchase or use.
# Acceptable for use on organically grown produce.
1 Group numbers are assigned by the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) according to different modes of actions (for more information, see Fungicides with a different group number are suitable to alternate in a resistance management program. In California, make no more than one application of fungicides with mode of action Group numbers 1,4,9,11, or 17 before rotating to a fungicide with a different mode of action Group number; for fungicides with other Group numbers, make no more than two consecutive applications before rotating to a fungicide with a different mode of action Group number.



[UC Peer Reviewed]

UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Artichoke
UC ANR Publication 3434


S. T. Koike, UC Cooperative Extension, Monterey County
M. A. Bari, Artichoke Research Association, Salinas

Acknowledgment for contributions to Diseases:
S. Colbert, Griffin Corp., Valdosta, GA

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