White mold | Land Portal

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December 1980
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White mold, caused by the fungus Sclerotinia (Whetzelinia) sclerotiorum, is distributed worldwide and has more than 300 hosts. It infects flowers, cotyledons, seeds, leaves or injured plant tissue. The disease can be controlled by crop rotation, flooding, reduced seeding rates, application of chemical products in the middle of the flowering period, modifying plant architecture and the use of resistant var. Many soil microorganisms are associated with sclerotia and may cause them to degrade or fan to germinate. The symptoms and damage caused by the disease are illustrated in color. (CIAT)||El moho blanco causado por el hongo Sclerotinia (Whetzelinia) sclerotiorum se halla presente en todo el mundo y mas de 300 plantas son hospedantes del patogeno; infecta las flores, cotiledones, semillas, hojas o tejido herido. El control de la enfermedad se puede hacer por: rotacion de cultivos, inundacion del terreno, utilizacion de menor cantidad de semilla en la siembra, aplicacion de productos quimicos a mediados de la floracion, modificando la arquitectura de la planta y utilizando var resistentes; muchos microorganismos del suelo estan asociados con los esclerosios y pueden causar degradacion e impedir que estos germinen. Se ilustran en color los sintomas y danos causados por la enfermedad. (CIAT)

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 
Schwartz, Howard F. Steadman, James R.


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