Friday, June 26, 2015

Bermuda Grass Stunt Mite

Featured Diagnosis - Bermuda Grass Stunt Mite (Aceria cynodoniensis). This microscopic mite infects bermuda grass giving the turf a stunted, unthrifty appearance. Upon closer examination the leaves and buds at the node become bushy and malformed. This mite is found in the southern and southwestern parts of the U.S. where bermuda grass is commonly grown.

Bermudagrass with stunted leaves
Bermuda grass infected with Aceria cynodoniensis (stunt mite)
(Photo: NMSU - PDC)

A microscope photo of rectangular shaped mites
Bermuda grass stunt mite, Aceria cynodoniensis
(Photo: NMSU-PDC)

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