Industry representative: Euan Alexander, Kettle Produce Ltd
HDC project cost: £24,676
This project aims to improve understanding of the disease cycle of dry rot in swedes and use this knowledge to develop more effective control measures. Recent projects on winter oilseed rape provide valuable background on epidemiology and control of this disease that can be adapted and exploited for the swede crop. In the first year, crops in Scotland and England would be monitored for Phoma symptoms during the whole growing season to quantify its development within the crop. This will be supported by controlled studies with artificial inoculation of leaves and bulbs at various stages to compare the development of symptoms from ascospores and pycnidiospores. This new data will interpreted using expertise gained in oilseed rape so that critical stages in the disease cycle are identified in swedes.
Aims and objectives:
2. To use artificial inoculation to identify key timings for infection and disease development
3. To prepare a final report that includes comparison with existing knowledge from oilseed rape