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Botrytis control in boysenberries

Botrytis control in boysenberries

Project Group: Boysenberries NZ

Status: In Progress

Timeline: Oct, 2022 - Jun, 2024

Last Updated: 04/04/2024

Each season, botrytis is a challenging disease to control while also complying with residue requirements for customer markets. This challenge is getting harder and was epitomised during the 2021/22 season when long periods of wet weather caused major rot issues for boysenberries. The situation has been exacerbated by the discovery of resistance to existing spray options. Field trials were undertaken to evaluate four biopesticides for botrytis control in the 2022/23 season, but the results were inconclusive.

Screening of biopesticide botrytis control continued in the 2023/24 season, and a seperate trial was conducted to establish the residue profiles of some synthetic fungicides in boysenberries. This work is ongoing.


Read an article about latest results from this project here.

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