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Controlling plant and fruit diseases in strawberry fields (BS11000)

Key research provider: Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Publication date: Monday, February 6, 2017

What was it all about?

Grey mould and stem-end rot cause crop losses for Australian strawberry growers. There are two main classes of fungicides used to control fungal diseases: multi-site chemicals that affect several aspects of fungal growth and chemicals that affect a single aspect of fungal growth. Single-site fungicides such as iprodione, fenhexamid, cyprodinil + fludioxonil, and penthiopyrad are generally more effective and have lower toxicity.

This project, which ran from 2012 to 2014, evaluated the effectiveness of these treatments for control of grey mould and stem-end rot.

Several multi-site fungicides were evaluated in experiments conducted with Festival strawberry plants in south-east Queensland over three years. Treatments Captan and thiram were applied alone or alternately, and in other treatments they were used in combination with single-site fungicides during wet weather. The other multi-site fungicides included dithianon, chlorothalonil and guazatine and were sprayed alone.

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Funding statement:
This project has been funded by Hort Innovation

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