Bulb Diseases in Europe

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In 1927 the writer made a number of fruit fly surveys for the United States Department of Agriculture. In Argentina the West Indian fruit fly was found in fruits grown in the North and Northwestern Provinces. The Mediterranean fruit fly was taken in the Province of La Rioja, and it is also recorded as having been found in the past in the province of Buenos Aires. The visit paid to Holland and other European countries arose out of an invitation issued to the Canadian Destructive Insect and Pest Act Board by the Netherlands Government to have a plant pathologist sent there, at their expense, to see the general methods of handling the bulb crops and to assist in every way possible in outlining a procedure for the eradication of the gladiolus diseases.

The three types of inspection practiced in Holland are described, viz.

1. The form of field inspection conducted by the growers.

2. The field inspections done under the direction of the Hyacinth and Narcissus Associations.

3. The bulb house inspection prior to shipment conducted by the Phytopathological Service at Wageningen.

Lantern slides are given of the principal diseases found in bulbs imported into Canada from Europe. The types of bulbs included the tylip, hyacinth, narcissus, gladiolus, crocus, freesia, snowdrop, and bulbous iris.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1929

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