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August/September 2004 Newsletter

Lindsey du Toit and Debra Inglis, editors
WSU Mount Vernon NWREC
16650 State Rte 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-4768
360-848-6140 (tel), 360-848-6159 (fax)

WSU Vegetable Pathology Team Newsletter


 

IN THIS ISSUE

GREETINGS AND UPDATES

Welcome to the August/September 2004 newsletter of the WSU Vegetable Pathology Team. Vegetable cultivar trials are the focus of this issue of the newsletter, with reports on onion and sweet corn provided by Gary Pelter, WSU Extension Educator for Grant/Adams Counties, and on carrot provided by Erik Sorensen, WSU Extension Educator for Franklin County.

The WSU Vegetable Pathology Team wishes to express much appreciation and thanks to Gary Pelter and Erik Sorensen, both of whom will be retiring in the next year: Erik Sorensen on October 1st , 2004, and Gary Pelter on March 1st, 2005. We are saddened to see them leave the Team and WSU, but appreciative of their tremendous effort and impact on the vegetable industry in Washington and the greater Pacific Northwest. Gary and Erik each have contributed 25+ years to extension. Thank you, Gary and Erik! We will definitely miss you.

We hope you are having a productive season. If you have questions or comments about vegetable diseases and pests, or WSU's Vegetable Pathology Team, contact Lindsey du Toit (dutoit@wsu.edu) or Debbie Inglis (dainglis@wsu.edu).


VEGETABLE EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Icebox Watermelon Field Day will be held Thursday, September 2, 2004 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Research and Extension Center which is located at 1919 NE 78th Street in Vancouver. This is on 78th street, mile east of I-5, and 2 miles west of I-205. Please see our website for a map and more detailed directions, http://vancouverreu.wsu.edu
Icebox Watermelon Field Day Invitation (click to access flier)

The Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association Annual Convention & Trade Show will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, WA on 17-18 November 2004. For further information, visit the PNVA website at http://www.pnva.org/

The 30th Annual Washington Tilth Convention will be held in conjunction with Oregon Tilth at the Columbia Doubletree Hotel in Portland, OR on 12-14 November 2004. For further information, contact Nancy Allen at the Tilth Producers Office at 206-442-7620 or nancy@tilthproducers.org, or visit the WA Tilth Convention website at: http://www.tilthproducers.org/conference.htm

The National Allium Research Conference will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, CO on 8-10 December 2004. For further information, visit the NARC website at http://www.narc2004.org/ or contact Dr. Curtis Swift at 970-244-1834 or cswift@coop.ext.colostate.edu.

The annual meetings of the Western WA Horticulture Association, Puget Sound Seed Growers' Association, and the Northwest Bulb Growers' Association will be held at the Radisson Hotel in SeaTac, WA on 11-13 January 2004. For further information, visit the WWHA website at: http://wwha.wsu.edu/index.html

IRIS YELLOW SPOT VIRUS INCREASING IN PREVALENCE IN ONION BULB & SEED CROPS IN THE COLUMBIA BASIN

Iris yellow spot virus (IYSV), vectored by the onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) was confirmed in onion bulb and seed crops in the northern Columbia Basin of WA for the first time in 2003. Refer to the June 2003 issue of the Vegetable Pathology Team newsletter for information on this virus: http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/path_team/newsjune03.htm; and du Toit et al., 2004. Plant Disease 88:222. IYSV appears to be much more prevalent in the Basin in 2004, with infections detected in many bulb and seed crops in the northern, central, and southern regions of the Basin. An outbreak of IYSV in an onion seed crop in central OR this year resulted in about a 75% loss in seed yield. In this particular direct-seeded crop, symptoms of IYSV were most severe on the half of the crop immediately adjacent to the location of a seed crop from 2002/03, suggesting viruliferous thrips may have moved during harvest of the 2002/03 crop to the newly-emerged seedlings of the adjacent 2003/04 crop (see Fig. 1 below). Similar patterns have been observed in WA. Their is potential for IYSV to have a significant impact on the onion bulb and seed industry in WA because of the "green bridge" effect when annual bulb crops and biennial seed crops are located in the same vicinity. The thrips vectors can overwinter on seed crops and move into bulb crops the following spring.

Gary Pelter and Lindsey du Toit will be carrying out trials to evaluate foliar applications of Actigard (acibenzolar-S-methyl, a systemic acquired resistance-inducing product from Sygenta) and neonicotinyl insecticides (Poncho and Cruiser as seed treatments, and Provado for foliar applications) for management of this new virus. Funding for this research will be provided by the Columbia Basin Vegetable Seed Association. IYSV developed in Gary's onion cultivar trial near Quincy this year, so disease ratings have been taken to determine the variation in susceptibility to IYSV among the 47 cultivars evaluated in the trial. The information will be presented at the PNVA Annual Convention and Trade Show on 17-18 November 2004 in Pasco.

Fig. 1. Aerial view of an onion seed crop just prior to harvest in July 2004, showing gradation in severity of IYSV infection from severe (immediately adjacent to the location of a seed crop harvested in 2003 on the left), to mild (on the right) (photo provided by F. Crowe, Oregon State University). Photo of arial view of onion seed crop
Photo of concentric chlorotic lesion on the scape of a flowering onion plant

 

Fig. 2. Concentric chlorotic lesion on the scape of a flowering onion plant in a seed crop in the Columbia Basin in July 2004 (photo by L.J. du Toit).

 

Photo of spindle-shaped necrotic leasion

Fig. 3. Spindle-shaped necrotic lesion on the scape of a lodged onion plant in a seed crop in the Columbia Basin in 2004 (photo by L.J. du Toit).

Photo of lodging in an onion seed crop

Fig. 4. Lodging in an onion seed crop as a result of severe IYSV infection on the scapes of a seed crop in 2004 (photo by L.J. du Toit).

Photo of limited seed set on an umbel

Fig. 5. Limited seed set on an umbel of a plant that lodged as a result of IYSV lesions girdling the scape (left) vs. seed set on the umbel of an asymptomatic plant (right) (photo by L.J. du Toit).

SOME RECENT VEGETABLE RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS OF WSU VEGETABLE PATHOLOGY TEAM MEMBERS

Fungicide & Nematicide Tests:
  • du Toit, L.J., Brown, P.R., and Derie, M.L. 2004. Evaluation of Curzate 60DF for control of downy mildew in table beet and Swiss chard, 2003. Fungicide & Nematicide Tests 59:V119.
  • du Toit, L.J., and Derie, M.L. 2004. Evaluation of fungicides for control of white mold and ring spot in cabbage seed crops, 2002-2003. Fungicide & Nematicide Tests 59:V118.
  • du Toit, L.J., Derie, M.L., and Hernandez-Perez, P. 2004. Evaluation of fungicides for control of leaf spot in spinach seed crops, 2003. Fungicide & Nematicide Tests 59:V115.
  • du Toit, L.J., Derie, M.L., and Pelter, G.Q. 2004. Evaluation of fungicides for control of Botrytis scape blight/umbel blight in an onion seed crop. 2001-2002. Fungicide & Nematicide Tests 59:V116.
  • du Toit, L.J., Derie, M.L., and Pelter, G.Q. 2004. Evaluation of fungicides for control of Botrytis scape blight/umbel blight in onion seed crops. 2002-2003. Fungicide & Nematicide Tests 59:V117.
  • Inglis, D. and Gundersen, B. 2004. Evaluation of seed, and in-furrow and foliar treatments for control of root rots on peas, 2003. Fungicide and Nematicide Tests 59:ST020.
  • Inglis, D., Gundersen, B., and Wickliffe, E. 2004. Evaluation of fungicides, compost tea and host resistance for control of late blight on tomato, 2003. Fungicide and Nematicide Tests 59:V076.
  • Inglis, D., Gundersen, B., and Wickliffe, E. 2004. Evaluation of fungicides for controlling Ulocladium leaf spot on cucumber, 2003. Fungicide and Nematcide Tests 59:V073.
  • Inglis, D., Gundersen, B., and Wickliffe, E. 2004. Evaluation of seed piece and in-furrow treatments for control of Rhizoctonia on red potato, 2003. Fungicide and Nematicide Tests 59:V074.
  • Inglis, D., Gundersen, B., and Wickliffe, E. 2004. Use of foliar applications of phosphorous acid to control late blight on tomato fruit, 2003. Fungicide and Nematicide Tests 59:V132.

    Biological & Cultural Tests:

  • du Toit, L.J., Miller, T.W., Derie, M.L., Maupin, B.G., Peterson, R.K., and Libbey, C. 2004. Evaluation of mustard cover/biofumigant crops for management of Fusarium wilt in spinach seed crops, 2002-2003. Biological & Cultural Tests 19: V004.

    Plant Disease:

  • du Toit, L.J., Derie, M.L., and Pelter, G.Q. 2004. Botrytis species in onion seed crops in Washington. Plant Disease: in press.
  • du Toit, L.J., Pappu, H.R., Druffel, K.L., and Pelter, G.Q. 2004. Iris yellow spot virus in onion bulb and seed crops in Washington. Plant Disease 88:222.
  • Johnson, D. A., Inglis, D. A., and Miller, J. S. 2004. Control of potato tuber rots caused by oomycetes with foliar applications of phosphorous acid. Plant Disease: in press.
  • Porter, L. D., Inglis, D. A., and Johnson, D. A. 200_. Identification and characterization of resistance to Phytophthora infestans in commercial potato cultivars and advanced breeding lines of the Pacific Northwest. Plant Disease: in press.

    Abstracts:

  • Coyne, C. J., Grunwald, N. J., Inglis, D. A., McPhee, K. E., and Pilet-Nayel, M. L. 2004. Inheritance of Fusarium root rot resistance in pea using RILs. 5th European Grain Legume Conference, Dijon, France (Poster Abstract 7-11).
  • du Toit, L.J., Crowe, F.J., Derie, M.L., Simmons, R.B., and Pelter, G.Q. 2004. Bacterial blight of carrot seed crops in the Pacific Northwest. Phytopathology 94:S26 (Abstract).
  • Eastwell, K.C., Druffel, K.L., and du Toit, L.J. 2004. Etiology of 'black death' disease of Helleborus spp. 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology, 10-14 July 2004, Montreal, Canada (Abstract).
  • Inglis, D. A., Miller, J. S., and Johnson, D. A. 2004. Efficacy of phosphorus acid against pink rot and Pythium leak on potato. Phytopathology 94:S44 (Abstract).
  • Poplawsky, A.L., Robles, L., Chun, W., Derie, M.L., du Toit, L.J., Meng, X.Q., and Gilbertson, R.L. 2004. Identification of a Xanthomonas pathogen of coriander from Oregon USA. Phytopathology 94:S85 (Abstract).

    Book chapters:

  • du Toit, L.J. 2004. Management of diseases of seed crops. Pages 675-677, In: Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Sciences. R.M. Goodman, Editor. Marcel Dekker, NY.
  • Inglis, D.A. 2004. Management of fungal and Oomycete diseases: Vegetable crops. Pages 681-683, In: Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Sciences. R.M. Goodman, Editor. Marcel Dekker, NY.

2004 SWEET CORN SEED TREATMENT TRIAL

This article was written by Gary Q. Pelter, WSU Extension Educator for Grant/Adams Counties.

The International Sweet Corn Development Association conducts a multi-location seed treatment trial annually. Members of the sweet corn industry and Gary Pelter have cooperated with the ISCDA in evaluating seed treatments in the Columbia Basin of Washington for the past five years. Results from this year's trial are provided below. There were two seed lots and two center pivot irrigated fields involved. The lots were selected by ISCDA because they had some level of seedborne pathogen(s) present. One hundred seed were planted in each plot, which were organized in a randomized complete block design. The plots were evaluated by counting emergence at the four- to five-leaf stage.

Dr. Krishna Mohan of the University of Idaho coordinates this program and can be contacted for results from other sites in other years. He can be reached at 208-722-6701 ext. 218 or at kmohan@uidaho.edu.

2004 Sweet Corn Seed Fungicide Trial - Treatments (click to access doc file)
2004 Sweet Corn Seed Fungicide Trial - 'July Gold' (click to access doc file)
2004 Sweet Corn Seed Fungicide Trial – ‘How Sweet It Is’ (click to access doc file)


WSU CARROT CULTIVAR EVALUATIONS

Take a look at the WSU Franklin County Extension website (http://benton-franklin.wsu.edu/agriculture.htm) for a list of publications with the results of carrot cultivar evaluations coordinated by Erik Sorensen in the southern Columbia Basin since the mid-1990s.

2003 COLUMBIA BASIN ONION VARIETAL DEMONSTRATION RESULTS

Gary Pelter, WSU Extension Educator for Grant/Adams Counties, has carried out an onion cultivar and storage evaluation trial in the Columbia Basin annually, to determine the suitability of commercial and experimental onion cultivars for production in this semi-arid, long-daylength region. Cultivars are submitted by commercial seed companies for evaluation. Each year the trial is planted in a grower's onion crop, and maintained by the grower. The bulbs are then harvested and stored in a commercial onion storage facility until February of the following year for evaluations. The links below provide results of the 2003 onion cultivar trial and storage trial.

2003 Columbia Basin Onion Cultivar Trial (click to access doc file)
2003 Columbia Basin Onion Storage Trial (click to access doc file)

 

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