Potato Research

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 437–469

Pathology and control of soil-borne fungal pathogens of potato

  • M. J. Jeger
  • G. A. Hide
  • P. H. J. F. Van Den Boogert
  • A. J. Termorshuizen
  • P. Van Baarlen
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02357949

Cite this article as:
Jeger, M.J., Hide, G.A., Van Den Boogert, P.H.J.F. et al. Potato Res (1996) 39: 437. doi:10.1007/BF02357949
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Summary

Several soil-borne fungal pathogens continue to cause problems in potato production worldwide. The reasons for these problems are illustrated by reference to the pathogensVerticillium dahliae, Rhizoctonia solani, Spongospora subterranea and a group normally considered to be tuber-borne, includingColletotrichum coccodes, Helminthosporium solani andFusarium species. Generally, the long-term persistence of survival structures, the difficulties in reducing inoculum and lack of good sources of resistance hinder attempts to improve control of soil-borne fungal pathogens. Post-harvest fungicide treatment of seed or ware potatoes does not entirely alleviate storage problems. In the foreseeable future there is no alternative to the use of integrated measures from the time of planting seed to movement from storage. Key research areas that arise as a means of better controlling most of these pathogens are: the role of intraspecific variation in pathogenesis and ecology, problems of detecting and quantifying inoculum, and the need for improved methods for biological control.

Additional keywords

Verticillium dahliae Rhizoctonia solani Spongospora subterranea tuber-borne diseases intraspecific variation detection integrated control research needs 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Jeger
    • 1
  • G. A. Hide
    • 2
  • P. H. J. F. Van Den Boogert
    • 3
  • A. J. Termorshuizen
    • 1
  • P. Van Baarlen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhytopathologyWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.The ElmsWhitchurchUK
  3. 3.DLO Research Institute for Plant ProtectionWageningenThe Netherlands

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