red stele

red stele

[′red ¦stēl]
(plant pathology)
A fatal fungus disease of strawberries caused by Phytophthora fragariae invading the roots, producing redness and rotting with consequent dwarfing and wilting of the plant.
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He says some of the wild material promises good resistance to two diseases that plague growers in other parts of the country: verticillium wilt and red stele.
Courter says, "In the 1950's, USDA actually saved the strawberry industry in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio by releasing Surecrop along with Stelemaster and Sunrise, the first strawberry varieties resistant to several races of red stele.
Darrow bred for resistance against red stele root rot, a disease that was devastating to the crop in the 1930's.