Vegetable Research & Innovation

Pea root rot survey report Final

Reports of root and collar rots of peas in Canterbury being caused by pathogens other than Aphanomyces and the “Ascochyta / Phoma” complex prompted a survey of pea crops throughout the region. Although it has been acknowledged that root and collar rots are present in pea crops in New Zealand (Greenwood, et. al; 2008), the extent of the damage or incidence of the causal fungi has not been determined. Thus, the main thrust of the study was to determine the incidence, severity and role of Fusarium spp. and other fungi in the rotting of pea roots and collars in the region.