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Onion storage rots caused by Burkholderia gladioli20 Nov 2013
The most common cause of bacterial rots in stored onions in the UK seems to be Burkholderia gladioli pv. alliicola (formerly called Pseudomonas gladioli pv. alliicola). Problems are perceived to be worse in crops grown from sets, and in wet seasons. More... Download the handout
Bacterial diseases of herbaceous perennials - New report11 Oct 2013
Our final report for HDC project HNS 178 on bacterial diseases of herbaceous perennials is now available on the HDC website. Highlights include recommended health standards for Xanthomonas in Erysimum cuttings / plug plants and Pseudomonas syringae pv. delphinii in Delphinium seed. More... Download the report
Biological control of onion neck rot18 Sep 2013
The handout of a new poster describing the latest results from a project to identify commercial biological seed treatments for onion neck rot is now available to download. The disease is caused by Botrytis aclada (allii) and has been reported to cause up to 48% losses in stored bulbs. More... Download the handout
Bacterial canker of plum and cherry - new report05 Jul 2013
Bacterial canker is probably the number one killer of plums and cherries. It is caused by two distinct pathovars of Pseudomonas syringae: pv. morsprunorum and pv. syringae. As well as stem cankers, they also cause leaf spots, shot-holes, bud death, shoot diesback and flower blights. More... Full story.... Link to the full report
Disinfection of pruning tools12 Feb 2013
Research by Plant Health Solutions on practical methods for disinfection of pruning tools in the field is highlighted in the February edition of HDC News. The research tested a number of options for reducing the potential transfer of the plum and cherry bacterial canker pathgoen (Pseudomonas syringae pv. More... Link to the HDC News
Elsoms Onion Conference07 Nov 2012
Steve Roberts of Plant Health Solutions will be presenting some of the latest work on onion storage rots caused by the fungus Botrytis aclada/alli and the bacterium Burkholderia gladioli pv. alliicola at the Elsoms Onion Conference. More...