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807/223 Fusarium Regional Variation (Dry Rot)

Publication Date: 
24 August 2011
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Adrian Cunnington

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Full Research Project Title: Regional variation among Fusarium spp. causing dry rot of potatoes
Duration: January 2001 - August 2004

Aim: To establish the incidence of the different Fusarium species and the variability between regions.

Dry rot is the most important fungal rot of stored potatoes in the UK. At the moment, control is focused on the fungus, Fusarium coeruleum, as this species has been historically most commonly associated with the disease. However, a number of Fusarium spp. found in the UK including F. avenaceum, F. culmorum and F. sambucinum can also cause dry rot.

This project was conducted by Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) and the James Hutton Institute (JHI) formerly SCRI. The findings combined with data on the susceptibility of cultivars to dry rot and the effect of fungicides on the different Fusarium spp., has been used to develop control recommendations for the disease.


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