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Monitoring root system health in Capital District Poinsettia Greenhouses 2001

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Project Leader(s): Christopher Logue, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County.

Cooperator(s): Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University

Project location(s): Commercial greenhouses. (1) operation located in Albany County, (2) operations located in Rensselaer County (1) Located in Schenectady County. In addition the microbial products were also trialed in the Schenectady County Horticultural Training Facility, Schenectady, NY.

Abstract: Poinsettia growers suffer considerable losses from root disorders of poinsettias. This project will demonstrate the improvement in quality and reduction in fungicide use that can be achieved through the use of rootzone monitoring in poinsettia crops. It will also evaluate the effectiveness of two microbial products for the prevention of pythium in poinsettia production.