Fitopatologia Brasileira (2005) 30, 516-521

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Alderi E. Araújo, Luiz A. Maffia, Eduardo S.G. Mizubuti, Acelino C. Alfenas, Guy de Capdeville and José A.S. Grossi (2005)
Survival of Botrytis cinerea as mycelium in rose crop debris and as sclerotia in soil
Fitopatologia Brasileira 30 (5), 516-521
Abstract: Botrytis blight caused by Botrytis cinerea is an important disease of rose (Rosa hybrida) grown in greenhouses in Brazil. As little is known regarding the disease epidemiology under greenhouse conditions, pathogen survival in crop debris and as sclerotia was evaluated. Polyethylene bags with petals, leaves, or stem sections artificially infected with B. cinerea were mixed with crop debris in rose beds, in a commercial plastic greenhouse. High percentage of plant parts with sporulation was detected until 60 days, then sporulation decreased on petals after 120 days, and sharply decreased on stems or leaves after 90 days. Sporulation on petals continued for 360 days, but was not observed on stems after 150 days or leaves after 240 days. Although the fungus survived longer on petals, stems and leaves are also important inoculum sources because high amounts of both are deposited on beds during cultivation. Survival of sclerotia produced on PDA was also quantified. Sclerotia germination was greater than 75% in the initial 210 days and 50% until 360 days. Sclerotia weight gradually declined but they remained viable for 360 days. Sclerotia were produced on the buried petals, mainly after 90 days of burial, but not on leaves or stems. Germination of these sclerotia gradually decreased after 120 days, but lasted until 360 days. Higher weight loss and lower viability were observed on sclerotia produced on petals than on sclerotia produced in vitro.
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Database assignments for author(s): Eduardo S.G. Mizubuti, Acelino C. Alfenas, Luiz A. Maffia

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
population dynamics/ epidemiology
environment - cropping system/rotation


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Botrytis cinerea Rosa (crop) Brazil (south)