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Potato webcast covers soft rot, black leg disease management

There are no curative treatments for bacterial black leg, soft rot, and stem rot and no resistant potato varieties.

Best production practices are a grower's first, best tool to combat losses from these diseases.

In the latest "Focus on Potato" webcast, titled "Soft Rot and Blackleg Diseases of Potato," Amy Charkowski, Ph.D., associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, helps users control bacterial blackleg, soft rot, and stem rot in potato through cultural practices.

This talk informs users how to interfere with both black leg and soft rot--at planting, during the growing season and at harvest. Fundamentals on the biology and ecology of these bacterial pathogens are also presented.

By the end of the presentation, users should understand the cultural practices for controlling these economically important diseases and how they work.

This 16-minute presentation is open access through March 31 and can be viewed at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/edcenter/seminars/Potato/SoftRot.

Focus on Potato is a publication of the Plant Management Network (www.plantmanagementnetwork.org), a nonprofit online publisher whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops.

Date: 1/7/2013



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