Project Number: 6036-22000-031-03
Start Date: Dec 01, 2012
End Date: Dec 31, 2016
We propose to initiate and facilitate the diagnostic and collection of scientific data on the infestation and transmission of planting stock diseases in muscadine grape and American native hybrid varieties. The diagnostic unit will be at the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research at Florida A&M University. It will be suited for analysis of large numbers of samples to ensure promotion of clean planting materials in the southeastern region of the U.S. Best managment practices will be shared with growers through site visits, workshops, field days, lectures and demonstrations at growers' meetings. Opportunities will be available for building capacity in newly developed research areas of plant disease molecular diagnostics, student training, experiential learning by students and faculty by upgrading laboratory facilities, providing materials and supplies and financial assistantships to students.