Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, Vol 71, No 4 (2006)

Possibilities of Strawberry Integrated Disease Management in Different Cultivation System


Pages: 129-134


In the last few years strawberry production in Croatia is constantly increasing. One of the main problems in production are diseases. During two-year trials in strawberry plantations in northern Croatia, the occurrence of diseases was monitored in order to establish the most effective methods of integrated disease management. Trials were performed in three cultivation system: open field, greenhouse and hydroponics. The most frequent disease in all three production systems was gray mould (Botrytis cinerea). In open field production, the occurrence of common leaf spot (Mycosphaerella fragariae) and leaf scorch (Diplocarpon earliana) were also frequently observed, while leaf blotch (Gnomonia comari), leaf blight (Phomopsis obscurans) and fruit anthracnose (Colletotrichum spp.) were only sporadically present. For the control of the most important disease, gray mould, forecast model BOTMAN was implemented. As relatively simple model based on meteorological data, BOTMAN allowed effective, ecologically and economically more acceptable control, based on integrated chemical and biological measures. Meteorological data were obtained from the State Hydrometeorological Department (DHMZ). Results showed no significant difference in intensity of gray mould infection between usual chemical control and BOTMAN-based control. Two-years research on strawberry disease management in Croatia revealed perspective possibilities of integrated strawberry disease management.


cultivation system; diseases; gray mould; integrated control; strawberry

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