METHODS TO FACILITATE THE ADOPTION OF ALTERNATIVES TO METHYL BROMIDE SOIL FUMIGATION BY CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY GROWERS
Physiology and Pathology of Tree Fruits Research
Project Number: 5350-22000-017-29
Start Date: Sep 25, 2011
End Date: Sep 24, 2012
1) Evaluate methods to produce strawberry using the raised bed trough system. Work proposed here is focused on methods of disinfestation for the soil and substrate including fumigant and nonfumigant methods. We will also monitor substrate nutrient status.
2. Evaluate and demonstrate combinations of heat, fumigants and mustard meal or soil disinfestation.
The capacity of multiple non-fumigant technologies to control soilborne pathogens of strawberry will be assessed in field. Characteristics of the pathogen populations resident to field sites will be evaluated using trational and molecular-based methods.