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Onion neck rot: seed infection, pathogens and treatments01 Feb 2015
HDC is funding Plant Health Solutions to investigate seed-borne neck rot in onions. Neck rot can cause significant losses in stored onions. It is mainly caused by two species of Botrytis: B. aclada, B. allii; that were previously lumped together as one species (B. allii). More... Full story....
New HDC Bacterial Canker Project01 May 2014
Bacterial canker is a destructive disease of plums and cherries, caused by two distinct pathovars of Pseudomonas syringae: pv. morsprunorum (Psm) and pv. syringae (Pss). Psm is host specific to Prunus spp., whereas Pss has a much wider host range. More... Full story....
Bacterial canker of stone fruit - New factsheet07 Feb 2014
Bacterial canker is a destructive disease of cherries and plums, potentially killing trees. It is caused by two distinct pathovars of Pseudomonas syringae: pv. morsprunorum and pv. syringae. More... Download from the HDC
Bacterial diseases of herbaceous perennials - New Factsheet31 Jan 2014
A new factsheet on bacterial diseases of herbaceous perennials has recently been published by the HDC. Bacterial diseases can cause significant losses to growers of herbaceous perennials, but often go unrecognised until it is too late for effective control. More... Download from HDC...
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