Knowledge about diseases is important for growing vegetables successfully. This includes knowing what diseases can occur and their symptoms. Cultural practices that are the foundation of a management program are based on understanding pathogen biology, favorable conditions and disease cycles. Pathogens differ a lot in key ways such as how they are dispersed to a planting, what crops they can infect, what conditions are favorable, and how they survive. For some diseases there are resistant varieties. Organic fungicides can be an important tool when cultural practices are not expected to be sufficient. There are no cures for plant diseases. Understanding focus is on prevention when managing plant diseases is key to maintaining healthy vegetables.
Presented by Margaret McGrath, Associate Professor, Cornell University, Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center
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