Clubroot Suspected Outside of Grande Prairie

Photo: Severe clubroot galls or ‘clubs’ on canola root – Courtesy of T.K. Turkington, AAFC Lacombe


A farm in the Grande Prairie area is now suspected to be contaminated with clubroot, a fungus that attacks the roots of plants in the cabbage family, including canola.

Although the fungus is not yet in BC, local experts say that spores can be transported long distances on contaminated equipment. Of particular concern is Oil and Gas equipment. Because of the frequency with which some of this equipment is moved, disinfections and quarantine measures may be required, causing worry for farmers and headaches for oil and gas producers.

Irmi Critcher, spokesperson for BC Grain Producers says precautions must be taken to avoid bringing in the disease to the North Peace. [asset|aid=222|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Irmi Critcher – Clubroot_1_Pub.mp3] The fungus has been a problem around Edmonton for the past five years, but this is the first time it has been suspected this close to the North Peace.

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