The role of rain in dispersal of pathogen inoculum

Bruce D.L. Fitt, H.A. McCartney, P.J. Walklate

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The importance of rain in the dispersal of micro-organisms was first demon­
strated in the 1880s, in the classic studies of Pierre Miquel (Figure 1) on the
microflora of the Pare Montsouris in Paris. Collected rainwater contained
large numbers of fungal spores and bacteria and numbers of airborne spores
and bacteria decreased while rain was falling (61). By contrast, numbers of
airborne micro-organisms collected by the suction sampler frequently in­
creased during intervals between rain showers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-270
Number of pages30
JournalAnnual Review of Phytopathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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