Agriculture: Eggplant Pest Management Guidelines

Distorted Leaves (Shoestringing)

Symptoms

Plants affected by shoestringing disorder have narrow, leathery leaves. Holes appear in the middle and margins of leaves as if chewed by insects. Symptoms appear very similar to virus or 2,4-D drift. In severe cases the plants are chlorotic and can be very stunted. This disorder has been observed in fields with and without black plastic mulches, but its appearance seems to coincide with very warm temperatures at certain growth stages.

Comments on the Disease

The cause of this malady is unknown and currently there are no management guidelines.

Text Updated: 04/10