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Canola and pulse diseases in the spotlight

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Seasonal conditions and an increase in area planted to canola in 2013 meant the season was a bumper one for fungal diseases... Blackleg severity increased across all cultivars evaluated at blackleg monitoring sites in southern New South Wales and northern Victoria, and the mild winter followed by rainfall in July and August provided ideal conditions for sclerotinia... While the focus of the project is on the big-ticket items - blackleg and sclerotinia - it is also examining the impact of other diseases, including white leaf spot, alternaria and powdery mildew...
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