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Kent E. Cushman, William B. Evans, David M. Ingram, Patrick D. Gerard, R. Allen Straw, Craig H. Canaday, Jim E. Wyatt, and Michael M. Kenty

important fungal diseases of cucurbits are powdery mildew (PM) and downy mildew (DM) ( Zitter et al., 1996 ). These foliar diseases reduce fruit number, fruit quality, and the length of time crops can be harvested. Fungicide application to vegetable crops is

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Mary C. Koelsch, Janet C. Cole, and Sharon L. von Broembsen

Common periwinkle and `Bowles' periwinkle production has declined in the southern United States due to foliar diseases caused by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides (Penz.) Penz. & Sacc. in Penz. and Phoma exigua Desmaz. var. inoxydabilis Boerema & Vegh in Vegh et al. Our study determined whether several labeled and experimental fungicides could control pathogens causing foliar diseases in common periwinkle in vitro and outdoors during two consecutive summers. Five concentrations of each of eight fungicides were used to test inhibition of mycelial growth of P. exigua var. inoxydabilis and two isolates of C. gloeosporioides on fungicide-amended agar. All concentrations of propiconazole inhibited growth of P. exigua var. inoxydabilis (100%) and both isolates of C. gloeosporioides (>96%). Cyproconazole completely inhibited mycelial growth of P. exigua var. inoxydabilis. Thiophanate methyl/mancozeb partially inhibited growth of C. gloeosporioides (50%). In outdoor trials, plants were sprayed weekly with the following fungicides and rates (in g a.i./liter): thiophanate methyl/mancozeb, 1.35; propiconazole, 0.14; thiophanate methyl, 0.84; triforine, 0.27; cyproconazole, 0.08; triforine–CC 17461, 0.27; or CGA 173506, 0.90. Thiophanate methyl/mancozeb was most effective at reducing foliar necrosis during both seasons. Shoot dry weights of plants treated with thiophanate methyl/mancozeb were significantly higher at the end of each growing season than those of plants treated with the other fungicides or the nontreated control plants. Chemical names used: dimethyl [(1,2-phenylene)-bis (iminocarbonothioyl)] bis [carbamate] and a combination of zinc ion and manganese ethylenebisdithiocarbamate (thiophanate methyl/mancozeb); 1-[2-(2′,4′-dichlorophenyl)-4-propyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-yl-methyl]-1H-1,2,4-triazole (propiconazole); dimethyl [(1,2-phenylene)-bis (iminocarbonothioyl)] bis [carbamate] (thiophanate methyl); N,N′-[1,4-piperazinediylbis (2,2,2-trichloroethylidene)] bis [formamide] (triforine); 2-(4-chlorophenyl)-1-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-l-yl)-butan-2-ol (cyproconazole); N,N′-[1,4-piperazinediylbis (2,2,2-trichloroethylidene)] bis [formamide] with micro emulsion (triforine–CC 17461); 4-(2-2-difluoro-1,3-benzodioxol-4-yl) pyrrole-3-carbonitrile (CGA 173506).

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William H. Tietjen, Winfred P. Cowgill Jr., Martha H. Maletta, Peter J. Nitzsche, and Stephen A. Johnston

The effect of disease forecasting systems and stake or ground culture on foliar and postharvest disease control for tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) was evaluated during two growing seasons in northern New Jersey. Foliar disease was reduced and marketable yield increased by stake culture. Percent of postharvest losses, including loss due to anthracnose, was significantly reduced by stake culture. Effectiveness of disease control schedules, weekly or forecaster-generated, was not affected by cultural system. Disease forecasting was shown to have potential for optimizing fungicide use in tomato production by controlling foliar disease and fruit anthracnose with fewer applications than a weekly schedule.

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Ji Heun Hong, Douglas J. Mills, C. Benjamin Coffman, James D. Anderson, Mary J. Camp, and Kenneth C. Gross

Experiments were conducted to compare changes in quality of slices of red tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill., cv. Sunbeam) fruit from plants grown using black polyethylene or hairy vetch mulches under various foliar disease management systems including: no fungicide applications (NF), a disease forecasting model (Tom-Cast), and weekly fungicide applications (WF), during storage at 5 °C under a modified atmosphere. In this study, we used the fourth uniform slice from the stem end and analyzed for firmness, soluble solids content (SSC), titratable acidity (TA), pH, electrolyte leakage, molds, yeasts and occurrence of water-soaked areas. With both NF and Tom-Cast fungicide treatments, slices from tomato fruit grown with hairy vetch mulch showed greater firmness than those from tomato fruit grown with black polyethylene mulch after 12 d of storage. Ethylene production of slices from tomato fruit grown using hairy vetch mulch under Tom-Cast was about 1.5- and 5-fold higher than that of slices from tomato fruit grown under the WF and NF fungicide treatments after 12 d, respectively. Within each fungicide treatment, slices from tomato fruit grown using hairy vetch mulch showed less chilling injury (water-soaked areas) than those from tomatoes grown using black polyethylene mulch. The percentage of water-soaked areas for slices from tomato fruit grown using black polyethylene mulch under NF was over 7-fold that of slices from tomato fruit grown using hairy vetch under Tom-Cast. These results suggest that, under our conditions, fruit from plants grown using hairy vetch mulch may be more suitable for fresh-cut slices than those grown using black polyethylene mulch.

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Karen Joslin*, Henry Taber, Sara Helland, and Mark Gleason

Disease management in organic tomato production poses one of the greatest challenges for organic producers in humid climates. Both organic and conventional tomato growers have relied on copper (Cu) fungicides to control many diseases, including Septoria lycopersici common in tomato production. Concerns have been raised regarding the use of Cu fungicides, because of their potential to cause plant damage and toxicity to beneficial organisms. The objectives of this research were to: 1) investigate the efficacy of compost tea made from either windrow composted cattle manure (WCCM) or vermicomposted cattle manure (VCM), and 2) compare the efficacy of organic fungicides with conventional fungicides to control S. lycopersici in organic tomatoes. Treatments included 1) a control, 2) a conventional treatment in which fungicide applications of Bravo plus Cu and Quadris plus Cu were alternated, 3) copper fungicide (Champion), 4) Serenade™ Fungicide (Bacillus subtilis), 5) WCCM compost tea, and 6) VCM compost tea. Disease pressure was mostly from the bacteria speck/spot complex. Disease severity was significantly (P < 0.05) reduced and marketable yield was 60% higher with the two Cu treatments (No. 2 and 3), compared to other treatments. A follow-up greenhouse experiment is in progress and will be presented with the field data.

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Sarah J. Pethybridge, Niloofar Vaghefi, and Julie R. Kikkert

determinants of profitability, with the presence of disease leading to consumer rejection at fresh markets. Diseases that deleteriously affect table beet production include root decay ( Abawi et al., 1986 ; Shah and Stivers-Young, 2004 ) and foliar diseases

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Alan W. McKeown, John W. Potter, R.F. Cerkauskas, and L. Van Driel

A long-term experiment in the same site was planted to evaluate potential yield, nematode, and disease problems with tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) in a strip-till system. Treatments consisted of conventional tillage (CT) and strip tillage (ST), rye (Secale cereale L.), wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), and perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) cover crops and a 2-year rye–tomato rotation. Results of the first 5 years indicate a decrease in tomato yield over time for both tillage treatments and cover crops. Tomato yields were lower following wheat and perennial ryegrass than rye. Strip-tillage reduced yield compared to conventional tillage in only 1 year out of 6. Yield increased overall for treatments in 1992, with highest yield in the rye–tomato rotation. Bacterial speck/spot symptoms on foliage, although minor, were significantly greater in ST than in CT plots during the last 3 years. No major consistent trends in incidence and severity of bacterial and fungal diseases and of disorders of fruit were evident during the 5-year period, and neither fruit yield nor quality were significantly affected by these factors. Root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne hapla Chitwood) were numerically less numerous in the rye–tomato rotation than in other treatments; both root-knot and root lesion nematodes [Pratylenchus penetrans (Cobb)] tended to be less numerous under CT than under ST. Tomatoes grown under reduced tillage appear more sensitive to plant parasitic nematodes and preceding cover crops than in conventional tillage.

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George E. Boyhan, David B. Langston, Albert C. Purvis, and C. Randell Hill

Five different statistical methods were used to estimate optimum plot size and three different methods were used to estimate optimum number of replications with short-day onions (Allium cepa L.) for yield, seedstem formation (bolting), purple blotch and/or Stemphylium (PB/S), botrytis leaf blight (BLB), and bulb doubling with a basic plot size unit of 1.5 × 1.8 m (length × width). Methods included Bartlett's test for homogeneity of variance, computed lsd values, maximum curvature of coefficient of variation plotted against plot size, Hatheway's method for a true mean difference, and Cochran and Cox's method for detecting a percent mean difference. Bartlett's chi-square was better at determining optimum plot size with transformed count and percent data compared with yield data in these experiments. Optimum plot size for yield of five basic units (7.5 m length) and four replications is indicated using computed lsd values where the lsd is <5% of the average for that plot size, which was the case in both years of this study. Based on all the methods used for yield, a plot size of four to five basic units and three to five replications is appropriate. For seedstems using computed lsd values, an optimum plot size of four basic units (6 m length) and two replications is indicated. For PB/S two basic units (3 m length) plot size with four replications is indicated by computed lsd values. For BLB a plot size of four basic units (6 m length) and three replications is optimum based on computed lsd values. Optimum plot size and number of replications for estimating bulb doubling was four basic units (6 m length) and two replications with `Southern Belle', a cultivar with a high incidence of doubling using computed lsd values. With `Sweet Vidalia', a cultivar with low incidence of bulb doubling, a plot size of four basic units (6 m length) and five replications is recommended by computed lsd values. Visualizing maximum curvature between coefficient of variation and plot size suggests plot sizes of seven to eight basic units (10.5 to 12 m length) for yield, 10 basic units (15 m length) for seedstems, five basic units (7.5 m length) for PB/S and BLB, five basic units (7.5 m length) for `Southern Belle' doubling, and 10 basic units (15 m length) for `Sweet Vidalia' doubling. A number of plot size-replication combinations were optimum for the parameters tested with Hatheway's and Cochran and Cox's methods. Cochran and Cox's method generally indicated a smaller plot size and number of replications compared to Hatheway's method regardless of the parameter under consideration. Overall, both Hatheway's method and computed lsd values appear to give reasonable results regardless of data (i.e., yield, seedstems, diseases etc.) Finally, it should be noted that the size of the initial basic unit will have a strong influence on the appropriate plot size.

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Claude E. Thomas and E.L. Jourdain

Field evaluations for resistance against downy mildew, incited by Pseudoperonospora cubensis [(Berk. and Cart.) Rostow], were conducted on 942 U.S. Plant Introductions (PI) of Cucumis melo L. (melon). A disease index (DI) was calculated for each entry. Based on DI, PI 124112 was highly resistant (DI = 3.7), and PIs 124111, 122847, 124210, 145594, and 165525 were resistant (DI = 3.0, 2.8, 2.6, 2.7, and 2.5, respectively). PIs 124111 and 124112 had one or more plants that exhibited a highly resistant reaction type (RT 4). Resistant (RT 3) plants were identified in 31 accessions, and 49 accessions bad moderately resistant (RT 2) plants.