Does Psa affect kiwifruit susceptibility to leafrollers


  • M.G. Hill



Analysis of kiwifruit industry pest monitoring and spray diary data showed increases in the incidence of leafroller larvae on fruit during crop monitoring in the 2011/12 season in regions with the virulent strain of the disease Pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae (PsaV) Four factors were considered as explanations PsaV infection and its effects on plant defences leafroller sprays PsaV sprays and leafroller sampling The most plausible cause of the increased leafroller incidence is PsaV infection A putative mechanism is hormonal crosstalk resulting in a tradeoff between pest and pathogen resistance The susceptibility of vines to leafrollers in PsaVinfected regions appears to persist for several weeks longer after fruit set than in uninfected vines The paper discusses the need to develop a better understanding of the interactions of biotic and abiotic stressors on plant defence responses to pests and diseases and to incorporate these into a plantdefencecentred approach to Integrated Pest Management




How to Cite

Hill, M. 2013. Does Psa affect kiwifruit susceptibility to leafrollers. New Zealand Plant Protection. 66, (Jan. 2013), 162–169. DOI:




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