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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

White Mold Research

8 October 2010


Greetings from the National Sclerotinia Initiative!


We are pleased to report to you that we are in the final stages of migrating the National Sclerotinia Initiative (NSI) Web site to the ARS in-house network (ARS-NET). You will note that while the format has been modified, the content will be familiar to you. Please be sure to take a moment and review the new Web site and let us know of any corrections and improvements that you’d like to see. I want to thank Kendra Aasheim for her diligence in facilitating this process, and we look forward to working closely with you all as we continue to improve this important communications product. 


Sincerely…Bill Kemp


William P Kemp
Agricultural Administrator
(701) 239-1371

Kimberly K Swanson
Secretary (Office Automation)
(701) 239-1370


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The ARS-led National Sclerotinia Initiative supports 20 different projects aimed at neutralizing white mold’s economic threat to seven different crops: sunflower, soybean, canola, edible dry beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas.  This consortium of federal and state university scientists includes 10 land grant universities and five crop commodity groups, and is led by the Agricultural Research Service, the USDA’s chief scientific research agency.

2014 Annual Meeting
Pre-plans of work are now being accepted for The 2014 Annual Sclerotinia Initiative Meeting. The deadline for submitting pre-plans of work is December 6, 2013. 

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Sclerotinia Information

White Mold on Chickpea

Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a plant pathogenic fungus that causes important diseases known as white mold, Sclerotinia stem rot, wilt or stalk rot, or Sclerotinia head rot on a wide variety of broadleaf crops.  It is commonly found damaging dry beans, sunflowers, soybeans, canola, peanut, and lentils.

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About the National Sclerotinia Initiative

On January 20-22, 2004, approximately 80 scientists and related stakeholders with knowledge of the fungal disease, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (white mold) participated in an annual meeting/workshop hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Minneapolis, MN.                               Learn more> 


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 About Sclerotinia
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