Importance and management of Verticillium wilt in winter oilseed rape


Cereals & Oilseeds
Project code:
01 January 2010 - 31 December 2013
AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.
AHDB sector cost:
£99,997 from HGCA.
Project leader:
Peter Gladders1, Faye Ritchie2, Dez Barbara3, John Clarkson3, Tracey Chantry4, Moray Taylor4 and Judith Turner4 1ADAS Boxworth, Boxworth, Cambridge CB23 4NN, 2ADAS Rosemaund, Preston Wynne, Hereford HR1 3PG 3 Warwick Crop Centre, University of Warwick, Wellesbourne Campus, Wellesbourne, Warwick CV35 9EF 4FERA, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ



About this project


The aim of this project was to establish the importance of verticillium wilt in winter oilseed rape and carry out initial work on varietal resistance and the impact of agronomic factors.


Between 2009 and 2011, verticillium wilt was confirmed in 16% of 292 randomly selected crops of winter oilseed rape that were sampled in late June. About 5% of crops had more than 30% of plants affected and the average level of verticillium wilt in England was 3.3% of plants affected. Verticillium wilt was found most frequently in eastern England, but it occurred in all regions and as far north as Yorkshire.