Soil microflora consists of microorganisms that are beneficial, neutral or harmful to plants. The diseases that are caused by fungal pathogens which survive in the soil matrix and in residues on the soil surface are defined as soilborne diseases. The soil is a reservoir of inoculums of these pathogens, the majority of which are widely distributed in agricultural soils. Soilborne pathogens cause many destructive crop diseases such as damping-off, root rots, collar rots, clubroot, stem rot and wilt diseases leading to reduced plant growth, increased costs or significant economic loss to the growers and potential damage to the environment. In order to manage soilborne pathogens, growers must first know what pathogens are present, where they are prevalent, and finally how much inoculums is in the soil in order to define risk. A&L Biologicals offers detection and/or enumeration of soil-brone pathogens.
Soilborne Pathogen Analysis
Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici