Stem Rot in Rice

Stem rot is a fungal disease found in rice. It causes black lesions commonly located around water level on the stem of the plant and is often first noticed around panicle initiation (PI).

  • What is stem rot?
  • What does the fungus do?
  • How do you know if you have stem rot?
  • Why can stem rot become severe?
  • What needs to be done?
  • Other issues observed on rice stems in 2017

Andrew Watson, Plant Pathologist, Biosecurity, Primefact 1593, First edition, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Yanco, February, 2018