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Title: Effect of flooding on root and foliar disease severity on Rhododendron Caused by Phytophthora ramorum

Author: Grünwald, Niklaus J.; Kitner, Megan; Linderman, Robert G.;

Date: 2008

Source: In: Frankel, Susan J.; Kliejunas, John T.; Palmieri, Katharine M., tech. coords. 2008. Proceedings of the sudden oak death third science symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-214. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. pp. 363-365

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: It is generally thought that extensive periods of flooding can predispose plants to infection by Phytophthora pathogens. We evaluated the effect of 0, 1, 3, and 7 days of flooding before infection of Rhododendron plants through either wound inoculation of leaves or infestation of the potting mix using two hybrid cultivars ?Catawbiense Boursault? and ?Minnetonka?. Foliage was inoculated with zoospores and potting mix was infested with both zoospores and mycelial agar plugs. Lesion area was quantified using digital imaging. Flooding had no effect on lesion area of foliar infections. Sporangia were retrieved from infected leaves after 10 days of incubation under 20°C ambient containment growth chamber conditions. Root rot developed after about 4 weeks on most plants where the potting mix was infested. Above ground symptoms of potting mix inoculated plants included wilting, yellow or red discoloration, and at times development of lesions similar to those observed in foliar inoculations.

Keywords: Phytophthora ramorum, flooding, Rhododendron

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Grünwald, Niklaus J.; Kitner, Megan; Linderman, Robert G. 2008. Effect of flooding on root and foliar disease severity on Rhododendron Caused by Phytophthora ramorum. In: Frankel, Susan J.; Kliejunas, John T.; Palmieri, Katharine M., tech. coords. 2008. Proceedings of the sudden oak death third science symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-214. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. pp. 363-365

 


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