Kikuyu Yellows

Causal Agent: Verrucalvus flavofaciens

Susceptible Turfgrasses: Kikuyu.


  • Leaves turn a uniformly yellow with brown flecking.

  • Roots usually turn yellowish brown colour and rot.

  • Infected areas range in size from 10cm to 1m in diameter.

Conditions Favouring Disease

  • Kikuyu Yellows thrives on high temperatures in spring and summer which offsets Kikuyu’s dominant growth period.

  • Since plant material and soil can bear spores of the fungus, it can be difficult to control.

  • Kikuyu Yellows is especially common in areas fertilised with nitrogen.

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