Powdery Mildew Attacks Greenhouse Crop
Unfortunately a powdery mildew has attacked the vine crop in the TCMS hydroponics greenhouse. All of the vine crop vegetables that students planted in September 04 has been affected. The cucumbers, squash, gourds, and pumpkins have been removed from the greenhouse. The powdery mildew is caused by a fungi. The infestation could have been easily stopped by spraying the plants with a fungicide during the onset of the problem. At school we are not allowed to spray any type of chemical, so the fungi took over. The white like powder covers the leaves inhibiting the plants ability to do photosynthesis which results in the eventual death of the plant. The fungi is not harmful to people. Don't worry we will be planting more crops soon. We had fun checking on the plants progress and the progress of the fungi. It was still a great experiment but with undesired and unexpected results. Many of the non-vine plants were not affected by the fungi and are still growing strong. Look at some of the recent pictures for signs of success. Check out my links for more info on the powdery mildew.