Netherlands Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 99, Issue 1, pp 45–50 | Cite as

A solar collector for soil disinfestation

  • R. Ghini


A solar collector to be used for disinfestation of substrates for plant propagation is described. At a high solar radiation intensity (more than 1 cal cm−2 min−1), one day of treatment was sufficient for disinfestation of soil infested withSclerotium rolfsii, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Fusarium solani f.sp.phaseoli orPythium aphanidermatum.

Treatment of soil in the solar collector strongly reduced the total numbers of fungi, bacteria and actinomycetes. The nutrient status of the soil was only slightly changed and did not result in an effect on plant growth.

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solarization heat treatment soil-borne pathogens damping-off 


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© Koninklijke Nederlandse Planteziektenkundige Vereniging 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Ghini
    • 1
  1. 1.Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa AgropecuáriaCentro Nacional de Pesquisa de Defesa da AgriculturaJaguariúnaBrazil

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