Causal Agent: 


Characteristic Symptoms:

Stem of affected melon seedlings and plants split open near the soil line.

Conditions for Disease Development
Stem splitting is often observed when temperatures are low or when there is a period of rapid growth resulting from high temperatures, increased irrigation, or high fertility.
Stem splitting usually affects melon seedlings during transplant production.
Management and Control:
Provide warm, uniform temperatures throughout the growing season.
Apply fertilizers at the proper rate and timing. 


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