Increasing Fungicide Efficiency for Management of Cotton Root Rot (Phymatotrichum Root Rot) in Cotton
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Research from my previous Hatch project identified an effective fungicide, Topguard (flutriafol), to control cotton root rot, caused by the fungus, Phymatotrichopsis omnivora. However, there is a need for research to further refine this innovation. First, there is occassional phytototoxicy associated with its use, so I propose to study factors that lead to this phytotoxicity, in order to devise recommendations to reduce or prevent it. Second, there have been problems applying the fungicide at planting, so I propose to evaluate different methods of application and communicate recommendations to the farmers.