Screening Rhododendron spp. for broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) resistance

Gil Luypaert, Bart Van Delsen, Johan Witters, Johan Van Huylenbroeck, Martine Maes, Jan De Riek, Patrick De Clercq

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    Rhododendron simsii hybrid or pot azalea is the most important flowering pot plant in Belgium, with an annual production of approximately 35 million plants. Problems caused by broad mites (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) have become increasingly important in recent years, spiking research on the control of broad mites in azalea. One potential strategy consists of developing resistant or tolerant cultivars.
    To detect possible resistance or tolerance towards broad mites in Rhododendron spp., we conducted a screening of 30 Rhododendron spp. mainly belonging to the Tsutsusi subgenus. Plants were selected based on phenotypic characteristics like hairiness of leaves and stems, and leaf texture.

    Original languageDutch
    Title of host publicationCommunications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences
    EditorsPascal Broeckx, Peter Bossier, Guy Smagghe, Els Van Damme, Niko Verhoest, Bjorn Vandekerkhove
    Publication date2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event65th International Symposium on Crop Protection (2013) - Gent, Belgium
    Duration: 21-May-201321-May-2013

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