Eugenia Banks displays one of the spore traps she used last year to detect late blight spores in Ontario potato-growing areas.  |  Jeffrey Carter photo

New tool designed for late blight detection

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — A late blight spore detection system tested in Ontario last year could prove useful in other potato-producing provinces. Eugenia Banks, a consultant to the Ontario Potato Board, talked about the system at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls Feb. 22. “The presence of just one spore means the […] Read more

Potato diseases may lurk on imported tulip bulbs

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — It’s bad enough that the disease that causes blackleg in potatoes and carrots, Pectobacterium, is widespread in North America. Now two closely related anaerobic bacterial diseases, more virulent in nature, pose an added threat. Vikram Bisht, a plant pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture, said Dickeya dianthicola has already found its way to […] Read more