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Msc. in plant science

Effect of Far-red:Blue LEDs on Botrytis cinerea Pers. morphogenesis and pathogenicity on strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.)

The project focuses on the potential application of LED lighting as a management tool for the strawberry pathosystem - Botrytis cinerea Pers., the pathogen responsible for gray mold, within a controlled environment. More specifically, this project aims to study the effect of different far-red and blue light ratios on the photomorphogenesis (hyphal growth, sporulation and germination) of an isolate of Botrytis cinerea. 

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