2008 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
To analyze research results, develop information technology, and deliver disease management technology in support of the nationwide Sclerotinia initiative.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Research data and summary reports from cooperating researchers will be analyzed and presented to the Sclerotinia initiative in a variety of media forms. Data will be summarized in such a way that annual reports, brochures, and websites can be developed to transfer management technology directly to the end user. Meetings will also be held to disseminate the information.
This project was initiated on June 1, 2007, progress is ongoing, and the overall objective is to analyze research results, develop information technology, and deliver disease management technology in support if the nationwide Sclerotinia Initiative. ADODR monitoring activities to evaluate research progress included phone calls, meetings with the cooperator, and an annual meeting held each year in January.
Over the past year this cooperative project has continued to lead further development/refinement of the National Sclerotinia Research Initiative website (www.whitemoldresearch.com). News items, meeting posters, publications, and related topics of interest to the Initiative are regularly updated and/or added to the site. Additionally, working cooperatively with representatives of several commodity organizations and educational institutions, educational brochures highlighting the Initiative and related technological advances were further developed and made available in hard copy and on-line versions. The on-line versions can be accessed and printed directly from the website. The website continued to host white mold risk indices for canola, soybean, dry edible bean, pea & lentil and sunflower. These indices provide growers, extension agents, crop consultants, and researchers a method to assess the production risk to their crops related to this important disease. Links to canola disease risk maps are also provided for grower information. The Sclerotinia Initiative Strategic Plan was updated and made available. Additionally, an Initiative annual report of progress (2007) was completed as was an externally managed 2002-2007 Research Program Assessment. This project supported the sixth annual meeting of the Initiative which was held in Minneapolis, MN, in January 2008. Planning for the next meeting in January 2009 has been initiated. The National Sclerotinia Initiative contributes to the goals of ARS National Program 303–Plant Diseases.