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Institute: Arboretum Mlyňany

Environmental risks of rhododendron cultivation in Mlyňany Arboretum SAS
Environmentálne riziká kultivácie zbierok rododendronov v Arboréte Mlyňany SAV
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Ferus Peter PhD.
Annotation:Rhododendrons (Ericaceae) are characteristic for Mlyňany Arboretum SAS. The rhododendron collection is the greatest attraction for Arboretum’s visitors, hence is the greatest contribution to institution’s budget. The collections are, however, threatened by weather extremes (especially by drought and frost) and biotic factors (pests and diseases). Therefore, it is going to be necessary to revitalize existing genotypic structure of rhododendron exposures. For this reason, in this project we will focus to test of susceptibility of various rhododendron species and hybrid cultivars to dehydration and frost stress. We also plan surveys on incidence of pests and diseases, leading to lab tests of rhododendron resistance against the most dangerous ones. Due to Propagation of rhododendrons is complex, therefore we intend to develop effective methods. This project will provide a survey on invasive lace bug species of Stephanitis genus in Slovakia that significantly threaten rhododendrons in surrounding countries.
Duration: 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2017

The total number of projects: 1