Forecasting oilseed rape diseases from airborne inoculum

Jon S. West, Simon D. Atkins, S. L. Rogers, Bruce D.L. Fitt

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Most fungal diseases of oilseed rape are initiated by airborne spores. The seasonal timing of spore release of each species changes in response to weather with maturation and release of spores typically driven by moisture (rain, dew and relative humidity) and temperature. The dispersal of airborne spores from a source and deposition onto crops at different distances from the source under different atmospheric conditions has been described by numerous mathematical functions. Spore deposition results in individual disease foci when occurrence of viable inoculum and infection conditions are rare; as a gradient in a crop when a large number of spores are produced from a nearby source; or as a uniform infection when there is a large but distant source or multiple local sources of inoculum
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
Event2008 BSPP Break Crops Workshop - Peterborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jun 2008 → …


Workshop2008 BSPP Break Crops Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period24/06/08 → …


Dive into the research topics of 'Forecasting oilseed rape diseases from airborne inoculum'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this