Facilitating the Delivery of Practical Sclerotinia Stem Rot Risk Forecasts Based on Improved Assessment of Canola Petal Infestation
Principal investigator: T. K. Turkington, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lacombe, AB
Collaborators: Randy Kutcher, Bruce Gossen, Debra McLaren, Khalid Rashid, Stephen Strelkov, Derwyn Hammond, Faye Dokken-Bouchard, Vikram Bisht, Jim Broatch, AARD, Emile deMilliano
A new quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) test can quickly detect and quantify S. sclerotiorum DNA with a high level of sensitivity and specificity. This DNA test of canola petals could provide canola producers with an assessment of sclerotinia spore load without the three- to five-day waiting period required for the current petal test.
If proven to work, a qPCR risk assessment tool can assist canola producers in making informed spray decisions and reduce non-economic fungicide application.Open the PDF to read the entire research summary from the 2013 Science Issue of Canola Digest
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