Effects of solar radiation and relative humidity on germination of Botryosphaeriaceae species conidia


  • N.T. Amponsah
  • E.E. Jones
  • H.J. Ridgway
  • M.V. Jaspers




Viability and germination of conidia of three Botryosphaeriaceae species which are important grapevine pathogens were significantly affected by exposure to different levels of sunlight and relative humidity (RH) After 7 h exposure to nonfiltered sunlight (UV) filtered sunlight (UV) and shade germination differed between light levels being 35 57 and 81 respectively and after 70 h exposure it was 0 21 and 65 respectively Nongerminated conidia were unable to germinate when placed in a moist environment indicating that they had been killed High RH favoured germination since 91 and 70 respectively germinated after 3 h in 100 and 97 RH However in 93 RH only 44 germinated by 24 h and in 84 RH no conidia germinated The inhibition of germination was temporary since replacement in a moist environment caused conidia to germinate Light and RH effects were similar for the three species




How to Cite

Amponsah, N.T., E.E. Jones, H.J. Ridgway, and M.V. Jaspers. “Effects of Solar Radiation and Relative Humidity on Germination of Botryosphaeriaceae Species Conidia”. New Zealand Plant Protection 63 (August 1, 2010): 28–32. Accessed February 23, 2024. https://journal.nzpps.org/index.php/nzpp/article/view/6610.




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