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Vegetable Seedling Diseases Associated with Earthworm Castings Contaminated with Phytophthora capsici and Pythium attrantheridium

B. Liu, D. Roos, S. Buttler, B. Richter, and F. J. Louws

April 2012

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Earthworms and worm castings have been recommended for their beneficial effects in increasing yields and suppressing soilborne diseases. However, in a few cases, earthworm castings have been shown to harbor soilborne pathogens. The research documents that earthworm castings used as an amendment in soilless potting mixes at several organic farms in North Carolina were contaminated with Phytophthora capsici and several Pythium species.

doi:10.1094/PHP-2012-0421-01-RS

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