Crop improvement, Pests and diseases
Grain legumes, Groundnut
Evaluation of fungicides for their efficacy against seed-borne fungi of Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea)
Fungicides, Seed-borne fungi, Arachis hypogaea, Groundnut germplasm, Crop improvement, Genetic diversity, Pathogens, Plant quarantine, Seed material, Pest risk, Salvaging, Seed treatment.
Genetic Gains Program
Dr Rajan Sharma
Groundnut germplasm exchange has played a significant role in crop improvement programmes by providing wide genetic diversity world over. However, there is an inherent risk of introduction of new exotic pathogens or new/more virulent races of a pathogen into new areas. The basic principle of plant quarantine is to regulate the movement of seed material to mitigate the associated pest risk. Salvaging, a process of disinfecting infected seed, is an important quarantine strategy to prevent the introduction of new pathogens or virulent races into new areas.