Disease Control and Management

  • R. Kenneth Horst

Control of a plant disease means reduction in the amount of damage caused. Our present annual toll from disease is nearly four billion dollars. Perfect control is rare, but profitable control, when the increased yield more than covers the cost of chemicals and labor, is quite possible. Commercial growers now average a return of four dollars for each dollar so invested. Keeping home plantings ornamental yields a large return in satisfaction and increased property value.

The five fundamental principles of control are exclusion, eradication, protection, resistance, and therapy.
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    Exclusionmeans preventing the entrance and establishment of pathogens in uninfested gardens, states, or countries. For home gardeners it means using certified seed or plants, sorting bulbs before planting, discarding any that are doubtful, possibly treating seeds or tubers or corms before they are planted, and, most especially, refusing obviously diseased specimens from nurseryman or dealer. For states and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Kenneth Horst
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  1. 1.Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe BiologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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