Pests and Diseases, Production/Agronomy, Seed

Scotland: An ever-evolving approach to blackleg control

Blackleg was a key topic for discussion at the Scottish Society for Crop Research Potato Committee Winter Meeting in Dundee. Blackleg is the most common fault observed during growing crop inspections and is exceptionally difficult to manage as it is widespread and favours the Scottish climate. Dr Gerry Saddler of Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) told the meeting control of blackleg in Scotland is carried out through a multi-faceted approach comprising high quality, disease-free planting material, industry good practice and targeted legislation (seed certification).

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