Phosphorous acid for controlling <i>Phytophthora</i> taxon Agathis in kauri field trials


  • I.J. Horner
  • E.G. Hough



Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA) threatens the health and survival of New Zealand kauri trees Longterm trials testing phosphite (phosphorous acid) for control of PTA in infected kauri were established in four Auckland and Northland forest sites in January 2012 All 160 trial trees (girths from 40 to 120 cm) showed symptoms of PTA infection At the start of the trial tree canopy health was assessed basal trunk lesions were measured and marked and reference photographs were taken Trees were injected with either high (20) or low (75) concentrations of phosphite (20 ml/20cm trunk circumference) or left untreated Treatment with the higher concentration resulted in moderate phytotoxicity symptoms with leaf yellowing browning and some premature twig drop These symptoms were no longer apparent in most trees after a few months Reassessments of canopy health and trunk lesion activity or spread are being made 6monthly One year after initial treatment application canopy health was generally similar to or slightly worse than at the start of the trial (using baseline photographs) regardless of treatment On average more lesions were active (expressing fresh ooze) in untreated controls than in phosphitetreated trees Lesion advance was greater in untreated trees than in phosphiteinjected trees Phosphite applications will continue either annually or at longer intervals in various treatment regimes




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Horner, I. and Hough, E. 2013. Phosphorous acid for controlling &lt;i&gt;Phytophthora&lt;/i&gt; taxon Agathis in kauri field trials. New Zealand Plant Protection. 66, (Jan. 2013), 383–383. DOI:



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