Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

The plant pathology research addresses a number of important issues, namely apple replant disease, the role of stress factors in bacterial diseases, and base line surveys to determine which fungi are infecting trees.


  • Integrated Pest Management Group

Projects list

To read more about these projects click on the title where you’ll be directed to the relevant Annual Report.

New Projects
  • Survey of stem canker pathogens on stone fruit propagation material and young stone fruit trees. (L Mostert and R van der Merwe)
  • The role of stress factors in predisposing plum trees to invasion by bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae. (T Coutinho, K Bophela and K Takalani)
Current Projects
  • Management of apple replant disease using phosphonates. (A McLeod and M Nyoni)
  • Survey of stem cankers and dieback symptoms of young apple trees and possible inoculum sources. (L Mostert, M Havenga and G Gatsi)
  • Screening apple rootstocks for tolerance to Phytophthora crown rot. (A Vermeulen)