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VG00084 Beetroot for Processing

Soilborne fungal diseases threaten the viability of the Australian processing beetroot industry.

The disease problems have been exacerbated in recent years because crops are now grown virtually year round, and under environmental conditions that favour disease outbreaks.

The long beetroot growing-window has reduced the opportunity for farmers to rotate out of beetroot and if rotations are completed, they are generally only short, which further increases the disease problems.

The Lockyer and Fassifern valleys of south-east Queensland supply approximately 90% of Australian processed beetroot.

There are many factors that stand in the way of profitable, efficient production but an important one for this industry is crop establishment problems and quality reductions due to soil-borne diseases.

In recent years soil-borne diseases (Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Aphanomyces) have been reported to cause substantial yield and quality reductions, particularly in crops grown at the extremities of the growing season.

These pathogens can result in poor stand establishment and may give rise to poor quality, misshapen beets

This report summarises the results of a four-year study investigating yield and quality decline in Australian processing beetroot crops.

It provides information on the identification and management of soil-borne fungal diseases of beetroot and identifies prospective beetroot varieties that may be used as alternatives to the varieties currently grown by the industry.

Heidi L. Martin Scott Boreel
Eric Coleman Bob Davis
Peter Scholl Vicki Hamilton
John Zillmann Dominic Bassi
Jon Carmichael

VG00084 Improving the reliability and
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Summary :

The soilborne fungal diseases currently jeopardising the Australian beetroot industry are not unique to Australia.

The fundamental issue that has lead to an increase in prevalence of soil-borne diseases in this industry has been the extension of the growing window into periods of high disease risk.

As a consequence of this extended growing window, growers, particularly those with smaller farms, have less opportunity to rotate out of beetroot, or if they are able to rotate it is only for short periods.

The result is a continual increase in the quantity of disease inoculum in the beet soils and heavy losses due to disease, particularly in crops planted during periods of high disease risk.

This project has identified several tactics that will assist the beetroot industry to better manage its soilborne diseases and improve the quality of its product.

  1. Rhizoctonia and Pythium are the most important soilborne fungal pathogens responsible for disease outbreaks on farms throughout the beet-growing areas of south east Queensland.

  2. The three most common disease-causing Pythium species differ in their abilities to cause disease on plants of different ages and only cause disease at certain temperatures.

    Consequently, there is the opportunity to reduce disease losses by manipulating when blocks dominated by particular species are planted.

    For example, since Pythium aphanidermatum is highly pathogenic to very young plants at temperatures greater than 15 degrees C, blocks in which this pathogen predominates should not be planted early in the season.

  3. Fungicideshave been identified that will help reduce disease losses. A combination of Apron and Rizolex WP will give significant disease control and for best results, it should be applied as a slurry to seed.

    Although promising in initial field trials, Tachigaren would appear to be of limited use in beetroot because it slows germination and may inhibit it completely if applied at high rates.

    We obtained a minor use permit for Rizolex as a seed dressing or in-furrow treatment for beetroot. Additional residue and efficacy trials must be completed for Rizolex for this permit to be extended beyond 2005.

  4. Glasshouse studies we identified prospective crops that if grown in rotation with beetroot do not promote further disease inoculum build-up.

    Barley and Dolichos were the poorest hosts of Pythium aphanidermatum and Rhizoctonia of 22 crop types assessed.

    Therefore, they may be useful as rotational crops at sites with mixed infections of both pathogen types.

    These glasshouse studies should be verified in field trials in a future research program.

  5. More than 90 different beetroot varieties have been assessed and prospective alternatives to the three current standard lines have been identified.

    Detroit Dark Red, one of the industry standards was consistently a very poor performer in our trials, leading the project team and the industry to speculate that seed companies are no longer maintaining this open-pollinated variety.

    A seed production and improvement program for the open-pollinated lines has commenced with Henderson Seeds as a direct consequence of our research.

    This industry would also benefit by switching to monogerm beet types. We demonstrated a clear inverse relationship between plant spacing and the quantity of misshapen material produced.

    The current standard varieties are all multigerm types. With multiple shoots arising from each seed cluster, the plants encroach on each other as they grow, increasing the quantity of misshapen material and reducing recovery at the cannery.

    With monogerm seed, the quantity of misshapen product is reduced, because plant spacing can be controlled.

    Monogerm beet seed is significantly more expensive than that of the standard lines, however the economic gains associated with improved quality should far outweigh the increased initial cost.

Acknowledgements :

I would like to extend sincere thanks to the project team members, in particular, Scott Boreel, Vicki Hamilton, Peter Scholl, Eric Coleman and Bob Davis for their hard-work and dedication to this project.

Assistance from Peter Case, Gerry Macmanus, Sandra Dennien, Carolyn Lee, Russell McCrystal, Belinda Bowe and Amanda Love in planting, harvesting and assessing field trials is also gratefully acknowledged.

I also wish to thank Craig Henderson for developing the original project proposal for submission to HAL.

The work done by Dr Paul Scott (The University of Queensland) in identifying the species of pathogenic Pythium isolates added an additional dimension to the work which contributed enormously to the project outcomes. We are extremely grateful to Paul for his efforts and his willingness to collaborate with us.

Considerable in-kind contributions were provided from seed and chemical companies. We are thankful to Barry Donahoe (Syngenta), Difang Chen (Alf Christianson Seed Co.), David Commens (SPS), Tim Lewis and Andrew Henderson (Henderson Seeds), Wayne Hoey (Le Froy Valley), Michael Sippel (Yates), Paul Hesseltine (Bejo), and Ole Johansen (Daehnfeldt), for their contributions.

We also thank Rob Vitelli (Bayer), Chris Stuart (Sumitomo Australia Ltd), Patrick Press (Sumitomo Chemical Australia P/L), Tanya Middeldorp (Uniroyal Chemical), Natalie Rose (Syngenta Crop Protection P/L) and Matthew Gilmore (Barmac Industries) for supplying us with fungicides to trial.

John Hunt and Rob Stanic (Agrimm P/L), Steve Capeness (Vermitech), Alan Mudford (Wrightson’s Seeds), Richard Armstrong (Enviroganics P/L), Peter Thompson (Terra Firma Fertilisers) and Peter Stewart (Pacific Seeds) all provided in-kind contributions for the organic amendments and crop rotation trial, and their contributions are appreciated.

We thank Shane Litzow for taking the time to fix his metham applicator and fumigating the site for the organic amendments and crop rotation trial.

The beetroot growers of the Lockyer Valley contributed enormously to this work by providing us with sites on their farms to establish field trials, and by maintaining the trials from planting through until harvest.

Specifically we wish to thank Merv Neumann, Peter Voight, Linton Brimblecombe, Tim Pocock, Glenn Lerch, Ashley Zelinski and Peter Lerch.

This project has been facilitated by Queensland State Government and Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) in partnership with AUSVEG and has been funded by the National Vegetable Research and Development Levy and Golden Circle P/L.

The Australian Government provides matched funding for all HAL’s R&D activities.

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