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Research Project: Increasing Sugar Beet Productivity and Sustainability through Genetic and Physiological Approaches

Location: Sugarbeet and Potato Research

Title: Impact of Cercospora leaf spot disease severity on sugarbeet root storage

item Fugate, Karen
item Eide, John
item LAFTA, ABBAS - North Dakota State University
item MOHAMED, KHAN - North Dakota State University

Submitted to: Extension Reports
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/10/2019
Publication Date: 1/10/2019
Citation: Fugate, K.K., Eide, J.D., Lafta, A., Mohamed, K. 2019. Impact of Cercospora leaf spot disease severity on sugarbeet root storage. Sugarbeet Research and Extension Reports. 49:98-100.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Cercospora leaf spot (CLS), caused by the fungus Cercospora beticola, is the most damaging foliar disease of sugarbeet in North Dakota and Minnesota. Historically, fungicides have been used to control disease symptoms. However, C. beticola has developed tolerance to several fungicides used against this disease, increasing the likelihood that disease symptoms will develop during production and that roots harvested from CLS-diseased plants will be incorporated into storage piles. It is suspected that roots harvested from CLS-diseased plants do not store as well as healthy roots. However, the effects of CLS on storage properties such as respiration rate, sucrose loss, loss in recoverable sugar, and the accumulation of invert sugars and other impurities that increase sucrose loss to molasses are unknown. Research was initiated in 2018 to determine the impact of different levels of CLS disease severity on sugarbeet root storage properties after short-term and long-term storage. Roots with varying levels of CLS disease severity were obtained from a field that was inoculated with C. beticola and contained plots that received different number and types of fungicide treatments. From these plots, roots with very low, low, moderate, and severe CLS symptoms were selected and placed into storage at 5°C and 95% relative humidity in a controlled environment chamber. These roots are currently in storage. They will be evaluated for respiration rate, sucrose content, and processing properties such as sucrose loss to molasses and recoverable sugar per ton after they have been stored for 30, 90 and 120 days. Results of this ongoing experiment will be reported in next year’s report.