Experimental control strategies reducing the fungicide input at a practical scale

G.J.T. Kessel, J. Spruijt, A. Evenhuis, P.J. van Bekkum, H.T.A.M. Schepers

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Phytophthora infestans is the most devastating disease in potato cultivation. Chemical control is necessary to ensure a healthy crop. At the same time Dutch governmental policy asks for a reduction of the environmental impact of potato late blight control by 75% in 2012 as compared to 1996-1998. The aim of the experiments was to compare Decision Support Systems with different approaches to blight risk management for their ability to reduce the fungicide input without compromising control efficacy. Considerable savings, up to 81% when compared to weekly, full dose rate, spray schedules, can be achieved by using information on cultivar resistance, length of the critical period and disease pressure to decide whether or not to spray. The subroutine calculating the potential for viable transport of spores is only effective on resistant varieties as the threshold was exceeded with every critical period on less resistant cultivars. Implications of the experimental control strategies for agricultural practise are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twelfth euroBlight workshop, 3-6 May 2010, Arras, France
EditorsH.T.A.M. Schepers
Place of PublicationLelystad
PublisherApplied Plant Research
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventTwelfth EuroBlight Workshop - Arras, France
Duration: 3 May 20106 May 2010


WorkshopTwelfth EuroBlight Workshop


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