VG07126 New approaches to sclerotina

Sclerotinia, one of the most significant vegetable diseases in Australia, causes between 15 and 25 million dollars in damage to crops each year.

This new project aims to solve Sclerotinia disease are being evaluated alone and integrated with conventional methods (e.g. fungicides).

The approach will identify the most effective and economical strategies to provide durable disease control and increased productivity and sustainability of vegetable production.


Oscar Villalta

Ian Porter

Caroline Donald

Denise Wite

Ross Mann

Scott Matter

Frank Hay

Sarah Pethybridge

Suzie Jones

Hoong Pung
Sue Cross

John Duff

VG07126 New approaches to contol onion white rot - Sclerotinia disease
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New Approaches:

  • Reduction of inoculum carry-over using pre-plant soil treatments that reduce number of sclerotia survival in soil

  • Protect against below (S. minor, S. sclerotiorum) and above-ground (S. sclerotiorum) infection

  • Strengthen host crop resistance against infection

  • Disrupt the infection process

  • Better understand white mould epidemiology to develop methods to forecast infection risk and improve disease management

  • Better understand lettuce drop epidemiology to improve disease management

  • Economic analysis and extension activities

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