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Definition of botrytis

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Definition as written by GrannyLois:

Any of a genus (Botrytis) of imperfect fungi having botryoidal conidia and including several serious plant pathogens.

Definition as written by Terry:

On strawberry plants, Botrytis cineria is commonly known as "Gray Mold" because of its effects on the fruit, giving it a gray, fuzzy appearance.

The spores are present almost everywhere, and when conditions are favorable (damp, cool weather), the disease can wreak havoc on ripening strawberries.

The best prevention appears to be good garden hygiene (removing diseased fruit and plants, keeping the fruit from contact with the soil, ensuring good airflow around the plants, and providing proper fertilizer to keep the plants growing steadily and without stress.

Fungicides such as Captan can be applied when the problem is detected. New treatments involving having bees deliver the fungicide are proving effective, and may replace spraying regimes.

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