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Botrytis cinerea Control and the Problem of Fungicide Resistance

Author(s): Brankica Tanović | Jovana Hrustić | Milica Mihajlović | Mila Grahovac | Goran Delibašić | Petar Vukša

Journal: Pesticidi i Fitomedicina
ISSN 1820-3949

Volume: 26;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 99;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: B. cinerea | Control | Fungicides | Resistance

Botrytis cinerea, the causal agent of grey mould, greatly affects fruit, grapevine, vegetable and ornamental crops production. It is a common causal agent of diseases in plants grown in protected areas, as well as fruit decay during storage and transport. The fungusinvades almost all parts of the plant in all developmental stages, and the symptoms are usually described as grey mould, grey mildew, brown rot and seedling blight. The paper reviews the current knowledge on control possibilities of this necrotrophic pathogen. Theattention is particularly paid to the mode of action of novel fungicides and to the problem of resistance. It is pointed out that by limiting the number of treatments in the growing season, avoiding the use of only one fungicide with a high risk for resistance development,appropriate application rate and timing, using mixtures of pesticides with different modes of action, as well as by alternative use of pesticides from different resistance groups, a longterm preservation of pesticide efficacy is provided.
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