Intermittent wetting of soils at high temperature reduces survival of the take-all fungus
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Two pot experiments using naturally infested soil and a range of watering regimes were conducted to study the possible effect of level and frequency of wetting of hot soil (to simulate the period between growing seasons in Western Australia) on inoculum of the take-all fungus (Gaeumannomyces graminis var.tritici). In combination with the high soil temperatures, all watering regimes reduced infectivity and propagule number of the take-all fungus, this reduction being absent in dry soils.
Key wordsGaeumannomyces graminis var.tritici hot soils intermittent wetting
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