dew-like droplets on plant

BronzedoffJuly 23, 2011

I have tiny yellow dew-like droplets all over some of my tomato plants(which give the plant a bronze look in the sunlight). Icannot find any info on the net at all matching this diseaese, only powdery mildew & other nebulus descriptions of leves getting spots.

i have heard somone call it bronze mildew, and say "its got no cure". I have had this before and it eventually kills the plant, but surprised not to see an accurate description ( or photo) of it on the net. What is it? Does anybody know?

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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Bronzedoff, I think you'd be more likely to get an answer if you post this in the regular Tomato forum, as it's much busier.

Do your tomatoes have aphids? They generally hide under the leaves and secrete a sticky yellow substance called "honeydew." Often cars parked under aphid-infested trees will be covered with honeydew spots.

I currently have two tomatoes with relatively minor aphid infestations, in this case the pink kind. There aren't a large number of aphids, though in one case they're on about 50% of the leaves. The plant with more aphids looks sickly (of course, I've never grown it before, and not every tomato variety has a vigorous appearance); the other is doing fine. [I'm using a Neem-oil spray, and the number of aphids has lessened significantly. You can also make a spray with simple dishwashing liquid and water.]

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5920081_aphid-control-tomato-plants.html
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/2901/2901-1031/2901-1031.html
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7404.html

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 1:16PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Need images please.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:05PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Bronzedoff -- if you're still around -- how about this? Tomato russet mites:
http://erec.ifas.ufl.edu/tomato-scouting-guide/bugs/tomato-russet-mite.shtml

"piercing-sucking feeding of mites causes leaves to appear greasy, turn bronze, curl, desiccate and drop off. Damage spreads from the bottom of the plant upwards."

They're smaller than spider mites, so you'd need a magnifying glass to see them.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 11:39AM
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Bronzedoff

Thanks guyz i sprayed them with neem oil and it killed the disease, so no pics can be taken now. the size of 'droplets' was micro, like a mist, istill think it was a microbe or fungus/mold... :)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 7:12PM
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