Plant Disease Management Reports (PDMR), an online resource developed to give growers, consultants, pesticide applicators and Extension specialists the latest information in disease management effectiveness, has published its 2008 volume.

This latest volume contains more than 560 searchable reports on the effectiveness of fungicides/nematicides, resistant varieties and biological controls against soybean rust, gray leaf spot on corn, soybean cyst nematode and other pests.

All volumes of PDMR and its preceding publications, F&N Tests and B&C Tests, contain 5,000-plus reports, covering more than 1,500 chemical and biological controls.

“Many professionals in agriculture and horticulture depend on PDMR to develop disease-management recommendations or make better pest-management decisions,” says Dan Egel, Ph.D., Extension plant pathologist at Purdue University and editor-in-chief of Plant Disease Management Reports.

Each 1-2-page report consists of a summary outlining trial conditions and results. Test-plot trial data, also in the report, includes treatment rates, application timings and pertinent efficacy data for each product tested.

Users can search the reports by keyword or section. Keyword searches can include product names, active ingredients, host crops and authors. Sections include cereals and forage crops; citrus, tropical and vegetable crops; field crops; ornamentals and trees; pome fruits; seed treatments (for all crops); small fruits; stone fruits and nuts; and turfgrass.

PDMR’s efficacy reports were first published in 1946 as a section in the USDA publication, Plant Disease Reporter. In 1960, the American Phytopathological Society (APS) published these reports independently under the title Fungicide and Nematicide (F&N) Tests. In 1986, APS developed a new publication, Biological and Cultural Tests for the Control of Plant Disease, or B&C Tests. By 2001, both resources became electronically accessible. In 2007, they were merged into Plant Disease Management Reports. A full history is discussed in this volume of PDMR.

Users can have continuous access to all volumes of Plant Disease Management Reports, F&N Tests, and B&C Tests online for $45 yearly. This subscription also includes access to other Plant Management Network resources, which include Arthropod Management Tests, a similar publication covering the effectiveness of insecticides; applied crop science journals, Web casts, targeted extension searches, image collections, proceedings and more. To subscribe or learn more, visit the Plant Management Network website.

PDMR is distributed online through the Plant Management Network, a nonprofit publisher of applied plant science resources. The Plant Management Network is jointly managed by the American Phytopathological Society, the Crop Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. The Plant Management Network’s nonprofit publishing mission is to enhance the health, management and production of agricultural and horticultural crops.