Management of Downy Mildew on Broccoli: Efficacy of Fungicides in 1996 Field Trial
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AbstractDowny mildew of broccoli is caused by the plant pathogenic fungus Peronospora parasitica. Cool damp weather with high humidity is highly favorable for sporulation, dissemination of spores, and infection by this pathogen. The severity of disease is affected by the duration of weather conditions favorable for disease development. Potential new fungicides were evaluated for disease management in a field trial conducted in 1996. Disease pressure was moderate and all tested fungicides except Ridomil MZ 72 and one Ciba G + Mancozeb treatment significantly reduced the number of downy mildew lesions on leaves compared to plants not treated with a fungicide. The level of disease reduction provided by all chemical treatments was equivalent to that given by Aliette and Bravo, two fungicides currently available for control of downy mildew on broccoli.