|Lead Researcher||Michael Harding|
|Co-Researcher(s)||Dan Orchard, Greg Daniels, Ron Howard, Stephen Strelkov|
|Start Date||April 2013|
|End Date||March 2017|
In 2007, the first confirmed Plasmodiophora brassicae field in southern Alberta was detected. William's pathotype 5 is the dominant race.
To enhance clubroot surveillance in southern Alberta and allow hybrid canola seed companies to screen their varieties against pathotype 5 in a naturally-occurring irrigated clubroot nursery.
Around 900 fields were surveyed in southern Alberta over four years with Dr. Stephen Strelkov’s Provincial clubroot survey with no new positive clubroot fields detected. Over 60 canola varieties were tested at the nursery, and some have become commercially available clubroot-resistant varieties. Extension and training also occurred at the nursery where hundreds of people attended to learn more about clubroot scouting and management.
Being able to screen seed companies new varieties for pathotype 5 resistance allows the grower to obtain a canola cultivar that has a more robust clubroot resistant package. An annual survey for clubroot provides early detection of any new outbreaks and allows proactive management responses.
Keywords: Clubroot, Clubroot resistance, Plasmodiophora brassicae, P. brassicae
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