Wilt Disease of Flax in Great Britain


FOR the last three seasons a serious disease has occurred in some experimental plots at Aberystwyth in which oil varieties of flax, Linum usitatissimum L., have been grown. Fusarium Lini Bolley (F. oxysporum Schlecht form lini (Bolley) Snyder and Hansen) has been repeatedly isolated from the stems, roots and seeds of the diseased flax plants. This species, first described by Bolley1 in 1901 as the cause of wilt disease of flax in America and recorded as occurring in Ireland by Pethybridge and Lafferty2 in 1920, has not previously been reported in Great Britain.

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  1. 1

    Bolley, H. L., Proc. 22nd Ann. Meet. Soc. Promotion Agric. Sci., 1 (1901).

  2. 2

    Pethybridge, G. H., and Lafferty, H. A., Irish J. Agric., 20, 325 (1920).

  3. 3

    Rost, H., Angew. Bot., 20, (6), 412 (1938).

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