New Progress in the Integrated Management of Sclerotinia Rot of Carrot

  • Cezarina Kora
  • Mary Ruth McDonald
  • Greg J. Boland
Part of the Integrated Management of Plant Pests and Diseases book series (IMPD, volume 3)


Sclerotinia rot, caused by the pathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, is an economically important disease of carrot (Daucus carota L.) occurring in the field and storage. This review describes a range of control methods for Sclerotinia rot of carrot, emphasizing emerging strategies supported by new information on the etiology and epidemiology of the disease. Prospects and recommendations are outlined for integrating current and emerging control methods to attain sustainable management of the disease. The primary strategy to managing Sclerotinia rot is the integration of methods that reduce within-field sources of inoculum, suppress the development of S. sclerotiorum, and reduce the infection rate in the field and storage. The integrated strategy recommended in this review aims at achieving disease suppression through sanitation of soil and equipment, monitoring the crop development and microclimate, modifying the microclimate through canopy manipulation, predicting the disease, and timing the application of disease control practices as required. Breeding carrot cultivars for an upright and compact top growth may offer important contributions to the sustainable management of Sclerotinia rot.


Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum Carrot Root Soil Matric Potential Postharvest Disease White Mold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cezarina Kora
    • 1
  • Mary Ruth McDonald
    • 2
  • Greg J. Boland
    • 3
  1. 1.Pest Management CentreAgriculture and Agri-Food CanadaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Plant AgricultureUniversity of GuelphCanada
  3. 3.Department of Environmental BiologyUniversity of GuelphCanada

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