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Pathogenesis ofSynchytrium endobioticum VII. Earthworms as vectors of wart disease of potato


Zoospore motility favoured infection when sprouts and inoculum source were contigous. Infection from more distant inoculum involved soil fauna; earthworms were associated with infected plants 9 to 25 cm away from the inoculum source.

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Hampson, M.C., Coombes, J.W. Pathogenesis ofSynchytrium endobioticum VII. Earthworms as vectors of wart disease of potato. Plant Soil 116, 147–150 (1989).

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Key words

  • earthworm
  • Lumbricus
  • potato
  • potato wart disease
  • resting spore
  • soil
  • Synchytrium endobioticum
  • vector