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Research Project: Production and Disease and Pest Management of Horticultural Crops

Location: Southern Horticultural Research

Title: Use of Disinfestants to Control Plant Pathogens

Author
item Copes, Warren

Submitted to: Pacific North West Plant Disease Management Handbook
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/23/2018
Publication Date: 3/1/2019
Citation: Copes, W.E. 2019. Use of Disinfestants to Control Plant Pathogens. In: Pscheidt, J.W., and Ocamb, C.M., senior editors. Pacific North West Plant Disease Management Handbook. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University

Interpretive Summary: The extension bulletin provides a condensed summary of the usage of disinfestants. Chemical sanitation is an important control method used to prevent spread of pathogen propagules to limit disease damage in a current crop and eliminate pathogens from production areas. The extension bulletin provides an overview of disinfestant practices known to be effective, with basic instructions how to clean and sanitize production areas and tools. This bulletin will benefit extension personnel, crop advisers, and growers of ornamental crops.

Technical Abstract: Disinfestants are the most common chemical used to sanitize equipment, production surfaces, tools, and working areas for over a century. Chemical sanitation is an important control method used to prevent spread of pathogen propagules to other cropping areas and eliminate pathogens from production areas between crop cycles. The extension bulletin provides an overview of disinfestant practices known to be effective, with basic instructions how to clean and sanitize production areas and tools. A condensed summary is provided of the usages, advantages and limitations of disinfestants commonly used in agriculture.