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Flaming to Reduce Inocula of the Boxwood Blight Pathogen, Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum, in Field Soil

N. L. Dart, S. M. Arrington, and S. M. Weeda

October 2012


Infested plant tissue can play a significant role in the epidemiology of boxwood blight in ornamental nursery systems. In an effort to reduce inoculum levels in an infested field in Carroll Co., Virginia, symptomatic plants were removed, collected into a pile, and destroyed by burning using a propane push flamer. The authors investigated whether soil flaming would be effective to reduce viable inocula of C. pseudonaviculatum in the upper layer of soil.


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