from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The decay of young plants, particularly of seedlings and cuttings, at the surface of the ground. See damp, n., 6.


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  • If damping-off occurs, reduce watering, remove shade and, if possible, protect the plants from rain by moving the seed trays under cover, or covering the beds with plastic sheets, during heavy showers.

    4.1 Nursery establishment 1999

  • If fungicides are available, they can be used to help prevent damping-off spreading to other plants but they will not have much effect once it is well developed.

    4.1 Nursery establishment 1999

  • If it is used when it is not necessary, for example during spells of cool cloudy weather, the beds may become too moist and this often leads to the development of damping-off disease.

    4.1 Nursery establishment 1999

  • In bio-engineering nurseries, where soil sterilisation and extensive use of fungicides are not normally practised, prevention and control of damping-off depends on good nursery techniques.

    4.1 Nursery establishment 1999

  • Two fungal diseases are important in nurseries in Nepal: damping-off and brown needle disease.

    4.1 Nursery establishment 1999

  • Amaranth is susceptible to damping-off disease, root rot, caterpillars and stem borers.

    28 additional technical notes about tropical agriculture 1996

  • Not all composts are created equal ... at least with respect to their abilities to suppress damping-off (a fungus disease which kills seedlings soon after they emerge).

    15: Training and missionary resources 1996

  • Recent research at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center has shown that organic materials composted at high temperatures (above 140 F) can actually be conducive to damping-off due to Pythium ultimum.

    15: Training and missionary resources 1996

  • Adequate drainage should also be provided to avoid damping-off (soil-borne disease that destroys seedlings).

    Chapter 5 1993

  • The most common disease problem in seedlings is damping-off, caused by several soil fungi and some bacteria that rot the plant roots or stems at the soil line (Figure 13.23).

    5. How plants live and grow 1991


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