Soil pathogens like Fusarium species pose a significant threat to strawberry plants around the world. The presence of this and other organisms in the dirt that can damage or kill strawberries have caused researchers from Australia to look into the biochemical mechanisms some resistant varieties use to avoid significant harm. And, they are discovering how strawberry plants fight Fusarium wilt!
A University of Western Australia release said this discovery could mean growers could use fewer anti-fungal chemicals in the future. With reduced input costs and better human health and environmental outcomes resulting, this research promises to have significant impact on the strawberry industry in Australia and elsewhere.
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