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The School of Life Sciences was ranked 2nd in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 “Research Excellence”

The AHDB-funded AMBER project led by Dave Chandler is designed to identify practical ways to improve biopesticide performance in protected crops.

Inoculuplant_pathology_feb18.jpgm potential of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum sclerotia depends on isolate and host plant

Andrew Taylor, Emma Coventry, Claire Handy, Jon S West, Caroline S Young and John P Clarkson
The soilborne fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum infects many important crop plants. Central to the success of this pathogen is the production of sclerotia, which enables survival in soil and constitutes the primary inoculum. This study aimed to determine how crop plant type and S. sclerotiorum isolate impact sclerotial production and germination and hence inoculum potential. These findings, once further validated in field trials, could be used to inform future crop rotation decisions.

Plant Pathology. February 2018

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