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Integrated Control Options for Root Knot Nematodes Part 2

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Following on from Part 1 of this article where we talked about what root knot nematode (RKN) is, the symptoms and some soft options for control, in this article, we look at the rest of the tools that can be used in an integrated control strategy. Crop Rotation with Tolerant Crops Rotate susceptible crops, or crops which ...

Integrated Control Options for Root Knot Nematodes Part 1

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Many gardeners will have seen root knot nematode (Meloidogyne spp.) infection in your crops, especially if you have sandy soils.  It is easily diagnosed as it commonly causes swellings or galls on the roots and other underground parts of your plants which can vary from 1 mm to several centimetres in diameter. These galls detrimentally ...

Are Your Tomatoes or Potatoes Suffering Disease After Recent Heavy Rainfalls?

Diseases, Potatoes, Tomatoes | 4 Comments

Late blight of tomato

Within the last month or two the east coast of Australia has seen unseasonably heavy rainfall and floods.  Such weather is conducive to the development of a common disease on both tomatoes and potatoes known as ‘Late Blight’ caused by the fungal-like organism Phytophthora infestans.  It has the ability to rapidly wipe out crops and ...

Grey Wall in Tomatoes

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Grey Wall of Tomato

Grey wall or blotchy ripening is a name that is indicative of the disorder where fruit do not ripen properly or ripen unevenly. Symptoms develop whilst the fruit is still green. This condition is only found on the fruit and not on the plant. Symptoms Affected green fruit, have large, greyish or yellowish hard blotches on the ...

Late Blight on Tomatoes

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Late blight is caused by the fungal disease Phytophthora infestans – one of the most devastating diseases of its time.  It was the cause of the great Irish potato famine in the 1850’s.  Such was the starvation, that millions of Irish people emigrated – just to find food. Late blight is a disease that mainly attacks ...