August 9, 2022 By University of Alberta
Lime is showing promise as an additional way to help manage clubroot, a deadly disease in canola crops, University of Alberta research shows.
Spot-treating soil with the mineral reduced the overall occurrence and severity of the disease by 35 to 91 per cent, growth experiments showed.
The finding, published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, could give farmers an important option for managing clubroot in their fields, alongside current use of canola plants bred to resist the disease.
Lime has traditionally been used to manage clubroot in related plants such as cabbages for market gardens, but not on a large scale in canola crops. | READ MORE