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Title: Integrated control of soilborne plant pathogens

item Paulitz, Timothy
item Schroeder, Kurtis
item Okubara, Patricia

Submitted to: Journal of Plant Pathology
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/20/2008
Publication Date: 8/20/2008
Citation: Paulitz, T.C., Schroeder, K.L., Okubara, P.A. 2008. Integrated control of soilborne plant pathogens. Journal of Plant Pathology. Vol. 90 (2, Supplement) Aug. 2008 S2.62

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: There are no resistant varieties or chemical controls for the Major soilborne pathogens of wheat in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. These diseases include Rhizoctonia root rot and bare patch (caused by R. solani and R. oryzae), Fusarium crown rot (caused by F. pseudograminearum and F. culmorum), Pythium root rot (caused by numerous Pythium spp.) and take-all (caused by Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici). Growers rely almost completely on cultural control measures, and we have evaluated many of these, espe- cially for Rhizoctonia, adapted for no-till, including greenbridge (weed and crop volunteer) management, fallow (both chemical and mechanical), seed opener disturbance, precision seed row placement, crop rotation, residue and nitrogen management, and chemical seed treatment. Until recently, there was no way of accurately detecting and quantifying pathogens in soil. We have developed real-time PCR techniques to quantify 10 species of Pythium and 7 groups of Rhizoctonia, based on ITS sequences of the rDNA. In the last three years, soils were extensively sampled in eastern Washington, including grower fields and breeder variety-testing sites. By developing a pathogen profile for each testing site, breeders can focus on sites with high pathogen densities to select for tolerance. This survey has shown that pathogen species composition is affected by cropping system and rotation. With accurate detection and quantification of soilborne pathogens, growers can determine risk before planting and make management decisions to mitigate the effects of soilborne fungal pathogens.