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Pythium Patch Outbreaks

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"Pythium Patch" (at least that's what I'm calling it) has been identified as being active on a select number of golf courses in the New York Metropolitan region. This disease is easily confused with summer patch, but is very different. Here's a talk that I put together from my experience with this new disease during my years at the University of Connecticut. If you are interested in sending samples to Penn State from your golf course please email me (in the presentation)

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Pythium Patch Outbreaks

  1. 1. PYTHIUM PATCH J.E. KAMINSKI, PH.D. KAMINSKI@PSU.EDU | @ITWEETTURF
  2. 2. PYTHIUM BLIGHT • PATHOGEN: Pythium spp. • HOSTS: Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) • SYMPTOMS: Mimic summer patch, slow to develop, yellow leaves, melting out • SIGNS: Mycelium develops following incubation, oospores, etc.
  3. 3. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION • Possible P. torulosum or P. catenulatum • Native Soil Putting Greens with Topdressing – Poor Drainage (no internal) • Selects Annual Bluegrass (may move on to bentgrass later) • Symptoms Mimic Summer Patch
  4. 4. COMMONALITIES OF THIS PYTHIUM • SLOW Development • Foliar Mycelium (Under Microscope) • Signature Pythium Programs
  5. 5. CHIPCO SIGNATURE ALUMINUM TRIS (O-ETHYL PHOSPHONATE) • Phosphonates for Pythium Control • Recent Years – Increased Use of Chipco Signature – Every 1 to 4 weeks – “Stress Guard” • Movement Away From Traditional Pythium Fungicides – Subdue MAXX – Banol – Segway
  6. 6. CHIPCO SIGNATURE ALUMINUM TRIS (O-ETHYL PHOSPHONATE) • No Known Resistance Development to Signature • May Be Naturally Ineffective on Certain Pythium Species (Harmon, personal communication)
  7. 7. CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS • Scout Suspect Areas and Have Diagnosed – Pay Attention to Host – Summer Patch is DIFFICULT to Diagnose • Maintain Signature Program BUT… – Rotate Traditional Pythium Fungicides Into Schedule During Favorable Conditions • Apply to Foliage (Do NOT Water-In) • Curative Applications – Banol or Segway – Subdue MAXX 5 Days Later
  8. 8. CURRENTLY ACTIVE IN NY MET REGION • Contact Us to Send Samples Kaminski Lab Penn State 109 Tyson Building University Park, PA 16802 • Email Prior to Sending (Kaminski@psu.edu)
  9. 9. PYTHIUM PATCH J.E. KAMINSKI, PH.D. KAMINSKI@PSU.EDU | @ITWEETTURF

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