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The effect of biological and chemical control agents on the health status of the very early potato cultivar Rosara
 
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Department of Entomology, Phytopathology and Moleculars Diagnostic, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, ul. Michała Oczapowskiego 2, 10-719 Olsztyn
Submission date: 2015-04-30
Acceptance date: 2015-10-28
 
Journal of Plant Protection Research 2015;55(4):389–395
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The external appearance and quality of table potatoes are determined, among other factors, by the health status of the plants during the growing season. Chemical control methods are often combined with biocontrol agents to effectively fight potato patho- gens. Potatoes of the very early cultivar Rosara were grown in experimental plots. The plots were located in Tomaszkowo (NE Poland, 2007–2009). The experiment involved the following treatments: 1) biological control − mycorrhizal Glomus spp. inoculum was applied to the roots, − tubers were dressed and plants were sprayed with Polyversum three times during the growing season, 2) chemical control – at two-week intervals, plants were sprayed with the following fungicides: Infinito 687.5 SC and Tanos 50 WG, Valbon 72 WG and Tanos 50 WG. In the control treatment, potato plants were not protected against pathogens. During the growing season, the severity of late blight and early blight was evaluated on a nine-point scale. The composition of fungal communities colonising potato stems was analysed. The fungistatic properties of the fungicides used in the field experiment were evaluated in an in vitro test. The symptoms of infections caused by Phytophthora infestans and Alternaria spp. were significantly reduced in the treatment which used the integrated chemical and biological control. The least diverse fungal community was isolated from fungicide-treated plants. In the in vitro test, fungicides at all analysed concentrations inhibited the linear mycelial growth of selected pathogens.
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Marta Maria Damszel
Department of Entomology, Phytopathology and Moleculars Diagnostic, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, ul. Michała Oczapowskiego 2, 10-719 Olsztyn
 
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