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crop_protection_december_2016.gifAlison Wakeham, Allen Langton, Steve Adams, Roy Kennedy

Procedures are reported that enable conidial spore concentrations of the ubiquitous and necrotrophic fungus, Botrytis cinerea, to be monitored in glasshouse tomato production ahead of visible symptom development.
Integrating bio-aerosol sampling using a portable air sampler and immunological procedures enabled inoculum availability to be quantified within hours to assist the prediction of disease occurrence.
No obvious relationship was observed between spore concentration and the internal glasshouse temperature and relative humidity. However, the occurrence of higher outside wind speeds did increase the prevalence of trapped spores in the cropping environment of a vented glasshouse, probably via effects on internal air turbulence.

Crop Protection, December 2016

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