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Improving Integrated Pest Management of Stemphylium Leaf Blight of Onion

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dc.contributor.advisor McDonald, Mary Ruth
dc.contributor.advisor Gossen, Bruce
dc.contributor.author Stricker, Sara
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-16T18:48:12Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-16T18:48:12Z
dc.date.copyright 2021-09
dc.date.created 2021-07-13
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26456
dc.description.abstract Stemphylium leaf blight (SLB), caused by Stemphylium vesicarium, has become an important disease of onion in Ontario, Canada and the north-eastern USA in recent years. This is the first study in Canada to confirm the species of Stemphylium isolates collected in onion fields using molecular methods and to investigate several elements of the life cycle in North America. The research confirmed that sexual reproduction and survival of overwintering structures on onion leaves occurred in the field and identified six weed species that are alternative hosts: redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus), marshcress (Rorippa palustris), yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus), perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis), bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) and purslane (Portulaca oleracea). Using the forecasting models TOMcast and BSPcast to trigger foliar fungicide application reduced applications by one or two sprays. Foliar sprays in combination with fungicide seed treatments reduced SLB severity by 33–48%, but seed treatments or foliar sprays alone did not suppress symptoms. The efficacy of foliar fungicides for the management of SLB has declined over the past 10 years. Isolates of S. vesicarium collected in southern Ontario from onion, asparagus, and leek in 2012–2019 were assessed for insensitivity to the active ingredients of commonly used fungicides via mycelial growth and conidial germination assays. Of the isolates collected in southern Ontario in 2018–2019, 94% were insensitive to azoxystrobin, 61% to pyrimethanil, and 18% to fluopyram. Difenoconazole did not inhibit conidial germination and 1% of S. vesicarium isolates were insensitive in the mycelial growth assay. Weather variables relating to moisture (high daily average relative humidity, low vapour pressure deficit, and increased leaf wetness) were correlated with an increase in air-borne S. vesicarium spores. A model was developed to predict the concentration of air-borne spores but requires validation with more data, especially for years with high SLB severity. Other abiotic factors such as drought may increase disease severity, but a controlled environment experiment did not find a relationship between SLB susceptibility and drought. Future research should focus on new fungicides, alternative products, biocontrol agents, and modifying the integrated pest management program to better indicate when no fungicides are required. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario, Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ *
dc.subject Stemphylium leaf blight en_US
dc.subject Stemphylium vesicarium en_US
dc.subject Onion en_US
dc.subject Foliar fungicides en_US
dc.subject Forecasting models en_US
dc.title Improving Integrated Pest Management of Stemphylium Leaf Blight of Onion en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Plant Agriculture en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Plant Agriculture en_US
dcterms.relation Foster, J.M., C.S. Tayviah, S.M. Stricker, B.D. Gossen, and M.R. McDonald. 2019. Susceptibility to Stemphylium vesicarium of asparagus, onion, pear, and rye in Canada. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 41(2): 228–241. doi: 10.1080/07060661.2019.1574901. en_US
dcterms.relation Stricker, S.M., C.S. Tayviah, B.D. Gossen, and M.R. Mcdonald. 2020. Fungicide efficacy and timing for the management of Stemphylium vesicarium on onion. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 00(00): 1–13. doi: 10.1080/07060661.2020.1804461. en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Guelph en_US


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