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Reports of unusually high numbers of plant deaths in strawberry crops from growers in Western Australia prompted a survey to identify the cause. Plant and soil samples were taken from a range of growers and runner sources over a two-year period and tested for plant pathogens.
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae was identified as the predominant pathogen, the first recording of this in Western Australia. Further work is planned to clarify the epidemiology of this pathogen and evaluate suitable methods of control. Patches
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Strawberries, Fusarium oxysporum, Plant diseases, Plant pathogens, Phytophthora cactorum, Western Australia
Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Horticulture
Phillips, D, and Golzar, H. (2008), Strawberry root and crown rot disease survey 2005 and 2006 seasons. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4747.