Navigation Links
Researchers identify new way to control stone fruit disease
Date:2/18/2014

Researchers at the University of Kent and East Malling Research have identified a new way of controlling a fungal disease that can have a devastating impact on the UK's valuable cherry and plum crops.

Brown rot disease caused by the agent Monilinia laxa attacks stone fruit as well as causing blossom wilt and twig canker. Traditionally, this has been controlled through the use of fungicide treatments, but in some cases these are now becoming ineffective.

Now researchers from the two organisations have identified a new strategy for controlling the disease, using biological control agents derived from isolates from UK cherries and plums.

The researchers identified 12 possible isolates and then narrowed this down to two via a series of tests on detached fruit. Controlled sets of cherries and plums with and without the biological control agents added - were placed in conditions known to induce the onset of brown rot disease.

Professor Peter Jeffries, of the University's School of Biosciences, said: 'Brown rot disease is a major problem for the UK's cherry and plum producers and in a growing number of cases traditional fungicide treatments are becoming ineffective.

'Our research found that microbial antagonists against the brown rot disease can be found from indigenous sources in the UK and that they are capable of preventing the disease in controlled conditions.

'The challenge now will be to see whether these biocontrol agents can be adapted commercially and be used by the stone fruit industry to control brown rot disease.'

Currently, East Malling Research is exploiting ways with commercial companies to formulate the two strains of biocontrol agents and conduct pilot commercial trialling of formulated products.


'/>"/>

Contact: Martin Herrema
M.J.Herrema@kent.ac.uk
01-227-823-581
University of Kent
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Study by UC Santa Barbara researchers suggests that bacteria communicate by touch
2. UC Santa Barbara researchers discover genetic link between visual pathways of hydras and humans
3. Researchers attempt to solve problems of antibiotic resistance and bee deaths in one
4. UNH researchers find African farmers need better climate change data to improve farming practices
5. Ottawa researchers to lead world-first clinical trial of stem cell therapy for septic shock
6. Researchers uncover molecular pathway through which common yeast becomes fungal pathogen
7. Researchers print live cells with a standard inkjet printer
8. Columbia Engineering and Penn researchers increase speed of single-molecule measurements
9. Researchers reveal how a single gene mutation leads to uncontrolled obesity
10. Researchers discover novel therapy for Crohns disease
11. New paper by Notre Dame researchers describes method for cleaning up nuclear waste
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/13/2017)... -- According to a new market research report "Consumer IAM ... and Authorization), Service, Authentication Type, Deployment Mode, Vertical, and Region - Global ... grow from USD 14.30 Billion in 2017 to USD 31.75 Billion by ... ... MarketsandMarkets Logo ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... , April 11, 2017 NXT-ID, Inc. ... technology company, announces the appointment of independent Directors Mr. ... to its Board of Directors, furthering the company,s corporate governance ... Gino ... we look forward to their guidance and benefiting from their ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... , April 4, 2017 KEY FINDINGS ... anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 25.76% during ... diseases is the primary factor for the growth of ... report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/4807905/ MARKET INSIGHTS The global ... product, technology, application, and geography. The stem cell market ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/17/2017)... ... July 17, 2017 , ... ... trial solutions, today announced safety software company AB Cube has joined its ... business segment to advance technology innovation across life sciences and healthcare. Under ...
(Date:7/17/2017)... ... July 17, 2017 , ... ... by a wide range of overlapping clinical features. The advancement of targeted next-generation ... field of NDD research and testing. , However, designing a custom panel ...
(Date:7/17/2017)... ... July 17, 2017 , ... Co-Diagnostics, ... developed and intends both to manufacture and sell reagents used for diagnostic tests, ... Market. , Headquartered in Sandy, Utah, Co-Diagnostics’ intellectual property and technologies are protected ...
(Date:7/16/2017)... ... July 16, 2017 , ... ... instruments announced the launch of its new line of Rocking and Waving Shakers ... waving shaker models (both analog and digital) for laboratory applications in a variety ...
Breaking Biology Technology: