Plant Disease Management for Organic Crops

Koike, Steven T., Mark Gaskell, Calvin Fouche, Richard Smith and Jeff Mitchell. 2000. Plant Disease Management for Organic Crops. University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Accessed at: <http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/7252.pdf>

The 2000 Plant Disease Management for Organic Crops publication is a part of the Organic Vegetable Production in California Series written by farm advisors and specialists from the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The publication emphasizes “disease-control strategies that have an ecological basis” within organic agriculture including crop rotations and epiphytic (plant surface dwelling) microorganisms. More specifically it recommends the use of disease-resistant plant cultivars when available, and planning, planting and crop rotation strategies as well as site selection prior to planting crops, and exclusionary practices such as buying seeds tested for pathogens, clean equipment and non-recycled potting mix. Different control methods, such as bicarbonate-based fungicides, post-planting and other cultural controls e.g. crop rotation and field sanitation is also discussed.

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