Excerpt from The Helminthosporium Foot-Rot of Wheat: With Observations on the Morphology of Helminthosporium and on the Occurrence of Saltation in the Genus
The present study of wheat disease ie'based'upohj'aifooﬂ-i'oeojr rot of the basal portion of the stems, of wheat plants, as it occurred in Madison county, illinois, In 1919 and subsequently. This disease was first reported in United Stat-es Government publications as take-all (ophiobolus gram inis) later, merely as take-all, no cause being assigned; and for some time past, in Government publications it has usually been designated as so called take-all. An annotated bibliography of nearly one hundred titles concerning foot-rot disease of wheat, prepared by the writer, was presented before the Cereal Pathologists of America at St. Louis in June, 1919, and this, expanded to one hundred and eighty-eight titles, was published in October, 1919 As early as May, 1919, cultural studies quite clearly pointed to Helminthosporium as the true cause Of the disease, and at the December meeting of the American Phytopathological Society I announced this fungus as the probable cause. In May, 1920, in a note in Science I published the statement that it had been conclusively established that this foot-rot of wheat is caused by Helminthosporium.
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