Location: Crop Improvement and Protection Research
Project Number: 5305-22000-015-13
Start Date: Feb 01, 2014
End Date: Jan 31, 2015
Our collaborator with th UC Cooperative Extension will collect isolates of the pathogen from field samples and evaluate them for pathogenicity on strawberry and a series of other hosts. Virulence tests will also be performed to confirm if there is any host specificity for the isolates. We will conduct SSR analysis of the populations and compare California isolates with the population structure found on other hosts in the USA, done in collaboration with an ARS scientist in Dawson, Georgia. Soil quantification will be examined by evaluating traditional soil plating assays and real time PCR methods.