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Practical experience with the use of Baking Powder (potassium bicarbonate) for the control of Apple Scab (Venturia ineaqualis)

Trapman, M. (2008) Practical experience with the use of Baking Powder (potassium bicarbonate) for the control of Apple Scab (Venturia ineaqualis). In: Boos, Markus (Ed.) Ecofruit - 13th International Conference on Cultivation Technique and Phytopathological Problems in Organic Fruit-Growing: Proceedings to the Conference from 18thFebruary to 20th February 2008 at Weinsberg/Germany, pp. 68-75.

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In small plot trials, performed by several institutes in the past years, potassium bicarbonate
proved to be a promising alternative to the use of copper for the control of apple scab in
organic orchards. Feasibility, effectiveness, consequences, and side effects of the
replacement of copper by bicarbonate under practical conditions are largely unknown. In
2007 Five Dutch organic apple growers compared a bicarbonate based scab management
strategy with their standard spray program. The use of 5 kg potassium bicarbonate + 2 kg.
wettable sulphur shortly before rain or during infection development, was the core of the
strategy. It was concluded that the control of apple scab with the potassium bicarbonate
strategy was as effective as the standard spray plan, provided lime sulphur was available
tot cover extreme situations. The applications did not lead to any phytotoxic damage on
leafs or fruits. Potassium bicarbonate tank mixed with a Mn leaf fertilizer however resulted
in severe leaf drop, and necrotic spots on the remaining leafs.
The use of potassium bicarbonate did not increase the potassium content of the fruits.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Venturia ineaqualis, Apple scab, Potassium Bicarbonate
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2008: Ecofruit
Related Links:http://www.ecofruit.net
Deposited By: Tagung, Ecofruit
ID Code:13646
Deposited On:06 Aug 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:37
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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