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The role of environmental factors in the incidence of Pansy mottle syndrome (PaMS)

Research

PO 016a - The role of environmental factors in the incidence of Pansy mottle syndrome (PaMS)

Start Date: 
01/05/2015
Completion Date: 
30/06/2016
Project Leader: 
Dr Jill England, ADAS UK Ltd
Code: 
PO 016a

Industry representatives:

  • Chris Need, Roundstone Nurseries
  • Fay Richardson , Coletta & Tyson
  • Mike Smith, WD Smith & Son AHDB

Horticulture Cost: £34,716

Aims and Objective:

 The aims and objectives of this work are:

  1. To further investigate the role of selected environmental factors on the incidence of PaMS.
  2. To monitor nursery environment (humidity, temperature, light and growing media moisture) within commercial bedding plant production systems and, using regression analysis approaches, elucidate any statistically robust causal relationships between the incidence of PaMS and environment.

Benefits to Industry:

This project will identify the causal environmental factors which are key to the incidence of PaMS. Identifying the trigger for PaMS will enable growers to amend their production systems to reduce incidence of the syndrome, reducing plant waste and improving nursery efficiency and therefore profit.