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Integrating Cultivar Resistance and Seed Treatment with Planting Dates to Manage Chickpea Ascochyta Blight

Author(s): C. Akem | S. Kabbabeh | S. Ahmed

Journal: Plant Pathology Journal
ISSN 1812-5387

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 111;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: Chickpea | planting date | ascochyta rabiei | disease control | resistance

The influence of chickpea (Cicer arietinum) planting date on seasonal epidemics of Ascochyta blight caused by Ascochyta rabiei (Pass.) Labrousse and on grain yield was evaluated during the 1997 and 1998 cropping seasons. Two chickpea cultivar (Ghab 1 and Ghab 3) and 2 breeding lines (FLIP 90-96 and F 88-85) were used in the field trials at 3 different locations representing the different agro ecological zones in which winter chickpea is grown in Syria and in most of the Mediterranean countries. Four field plantings were made at 14-day intervals from mid November to mid March. All plots were initially inoculated with infected debris and disease development followed natural prevailing environmental conditions. Ascochyta blight disease severity ratings were taken at early flowering and again at podding and grain yield for each plot was measured at harvest. There was a significant (p

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