Calcium Application Increases Potato Tuber Medularry Tissue Calcium Concentration and May Reduce the Incidence and Severity of Soft Rot Due to Erwinia carotovora pv. atroseptica

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  • 1 1Depts. of Horticulture, 1575 Linden Dr., Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53706-1590.
  • | 2 2Depts. of Plant Pathology, 1630 Linden Dr., Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53706-1590.

Plots set up on a commercial seed farm were supplemented with 0 or 168 Ca/ha supplied from liquid calcium nitrate at 3 and 6 weeks after hilling (84 kg Ca/ha per application). Paired measurements of tuber medullary tissue Ca concentration and decay severity after inoculation with Erwinia carotovora pv. atroseptica (Eca.) were taken on identical tubers from these separate plots of `Atlantic', `Superior', `Red Norland', and `Russet Burbank'. Fresh-cut seed pieces sprayed with a suspension of Eca. (108 cfu/ml) were planted in separate 1-liter containers filled with field soil maintained under two soil moisture regimes: 1) air-dry days 1–5, saturation days 6–10, field moisture capacity (FMC) days 11–18, or 2) FMC days 1–18. Containers were placed at 22C constant air temperature at the Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison Biotron. Decay severity (percent volume seed piece decay) and decay incidence (percent tubers with any decay) were rated after 18 days. Eight seed pieces per treatment were evaluated. The mean tuber Ca concentration was higher in plots receiving calcium compared to nonsupplemented plots. Mean medullary Ca concentration varied among cultivars as `Russet Burbank' > `Atlantic' > `Superior' > `Red Norland'. The influence of cultivar on decay showed an incidence and severity pattern `Atlantic' = `Russet Burbank' > `Superior' = `Red Norland'. Decay incidence and severity were greatest in seed pieces kept in temporarily saturated soil compared with those in soil maintained at FMC. Decay incidence and severity were ≈6% lower in tubers produced on Ca-supplemented soil. A scatter plot of decay severity × Ca concentration for seed pieces held at FMC suggests that a threshold of Ca concentration exists above which little or no decay occurs.

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