Balanced plant nutrition may help reduce anthracnose

Balanced plant nutrition may help reduce anthracnose

Vera Sergeeva | View Article Some olive varieties are more susceptible to anthracnose than others. Warm and wet weather can further aggravate the problem, leading to infections of epidemic-like proportions. Wet weather makes the application of chemical treatments difficult, so it is important to consider the use of other cultural practices for controlling disease, such as selection of cultivar type, pruning, irrigation and fertilisation. Correct variety selection, planting density, irrigation scheduling and balancing the physical and biological properties of the soil are all crucial to producing a highyielding, quality crop. However, the proper nutritional management of olive trees is also very important. The essential nutrients extracted from the soil and required by the plant in relatively small amounts are called ‘minor...