Protecting Our Own & Neighbors’ Crops: Brown Root Rot
Brown root rot, caused by the fungus Phoma sclerotioides, was first identified in New York State in 2003 in Clinton County. The cold-weather disease damages alfalfa crops, a valuable dairy and livestock feed crop and cash crop. BRR is currently found in NY and the Northeastern U.S., WY, and in areas of Canada. NNYADP research has confirmed areas of BRR by field survey, helped farmers begin to recognize the disease, and has begun creating management strategies. Click on the links below to learn more.
Brown Root Rot of Alfalfa: NNY Research
. Brown Root Rot of Alfalfa: Third Production Year Yield of Populations Developed After Exposure to Brown Root Rot Fungus and Ice Sheeting;3rd Year Fact Sheet
2nd Production Year: Project Results
Scientists detect fungus in farm fields, Nov 2007 Associated Press