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Blackleg Disease on Oilseed Brassica in Australia: A Review

PA Salisbury, DJ Ballinger, N Wratten, KM Plummer, BJ Howlett

Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture | Published : 1995


Blackleg, caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans, is the major disease of canola (Brassica napus) in Australia. The development of blackleg-resistant B. napus varieties has been a major factor in the resurgence of the industry nationwide. The main sources of resistance used in Australian public breeding programs are Japanese spring varieties and French winter varieties. In these programs, all early generation material is screened in field blackleg nurseries sown on, or adjacent to, infested canola stubble from the previous season. Little is known about the genetic control of resistance, and the mechanisms responsible for generating pathogenic variability of L. maculans isolates in Austr..

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