Testing calcium in a commercial apple orchard for control of bitter rots caused by <i>Colletotrichum acutatum</i>


  • I.P.S. Pushparajah
  • J.T. Taylor
  • M. Walter
  • K.S.H. Boyd-Wilson
  • K.R. Everett




Previous laboratory and field tests have indicated that calcium shows promise for control of bitter rots on apple caused by Colletotrichum acutatum This year a replicated fungicide spray trial was conducted on a commercial orchard in Rukuhia Waikato on a block planted with Royal Gala apples Chemicals were applied at 1014 day intervals from October to February Calcium chloride applications were as effective as fungicides for control of bitter rots on fruit at both high and low rates but high rates damaged apple leaves Calcium chloride is already applied to some apple cultivars but not often to Royal Gala It is a generally regarded as safe (GRAS) chemical and residues are not tested Calcium chloride at low rates is suitable as an alternative to fungicides for use in residuefree growing programmes to control bitter rots in the orchard




How to Cite

Pushparajah, I.P.S., J.T. Taylor, M. Walter, K.S.H. Boyd-Wilson, and K.R. Everett. “Gt”;. New Zealand Plant Protection 63 (August 1, 2010): 281–281. Accessed December 4, 2023. https://journal.nzpps.org/index.php/nzpp/article/view/6595.



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