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Research Project: Identifying the Sociological Factors That Limit Adoption of Preventative Control Practices for Wood-Canker Diseases

Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics Research

Project Number: 2032-21220-006-09
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 01, 2012
End Date: Jul 31, 2015

Objective:
Compare sociological and economic factors in terms of their influence on adoption of preventative control practices for wood-canker diseases of grape and pistachio.

Approach:
The primary literature states that preventative practices are effective and growers say they use these practices, but they are still losing trees and vines prematurely to wood-canker diseases. To resolve these conflicting observations, our grower surveys will identify sociological factors that limit adoption of preventative practices or cause improper application. With a clear understanding of the social-learning network that growers use to make disease-management decisions, we can develop new extension tools for strategic deployment.

Last Modified: 10/22/2014
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