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[dam-ping-awf, -of] /ˈdæm pɪŋˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
noun, Plant Pathology
a disease of seedlings, occurring either before or immediately after emerging from the soil, characterized by rotting of the stem at soil level and eventual collapse of the plant, caused by any of several soil fungi.
Origin of damping-off
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for damping-off
  • Chickpea seeds are always treated before planting to control damping-off and root rot.
  • Rhizoctonia root rot is endemic in all sugar beet production areas and causes root- and crown-rot and seedling damping-off.
  • These diseases are known as collar rot, damping-off, and sore shin.
  • Seedling damping-off can cause losses in sugar beet production.
  • Seed treatment and proper growing conditions can reduce seed rot and damping-off.

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