E. S. G.
Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Three fungicides were tested in the field for efficacy on late blight caused by Phytophthora infestans. The effects of these fungicides on epidemic development, lesion growth rate and sporulation were measured. No fungicide completely arrested epidemic development under the environmental conditions of these experiments. However, the fungicide mixture, propamocarb hydrochloride plus chlorothalonil, had the most suppressive effect of the fungicides tested. The mechanism of effect included suppression of disease progress and lesion expansion. Growth chamber studies demonstrated that 24°C compared to 10 or 16°C limited cymoxanil efficacy.