The very wet and warm planting conditions across much of Iowa have been ideal for the development of Phytophthora damping off. Plants infected by Phytophthora have a brown discoloration extending from the root up the stem (see photo). Alison Robertson's lab is continuing to assess the diversity of Phytophthora in Iowa and requests your help in this project. The lab would like to obtain plant samples from suspected Phytophthora-infected plants as you find them.
Please place whole plants with Phytophthora symptoms in an open plastic bag. Include at least part of the root system and information on the location from where the plants were collected (preferably GPS coordinates or township and county). Mail the samples to:
Robertson Lab/Phytophthora Project Iowa State University Department of Plant Pathology 351 Bessey Hall Ames, IA 50011-1020
Alison Robertson is an assistant professor of plant plathology with research and extension responsibilities in field crop diseases. Silvina Stewart is a graduate research assistant working in Alison Robertson's lab.
This article originally appeared on page 180 of the IC-498(14) -- June 11, 2007 issue.