Downy Mildew of Broccoli: Comparison of Chemical Management Tools in 1997
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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 1997 field trial. A moderate degree of downy mildew developed by crop maturity. All tested compounds except Trilogy provided significant reductions in the severity of disease compared to no treatment at all. Several products not presently registered for use on broccoli show promise as potential new materials for disease management.