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The Emerging Pests and Pathogens Research Unit is located at the Robert W. Holley Research Center for Agriculture and Health on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY.
We develop sustainable, economical, and environmentally friendly management strategies
Researchers are investigating methods to control viral disease of crops. Studies involve improving detection and management for potato virus Y (PVY) and development of potatoes resistant to virus infection.
Curate the world’s largest collection of fungal pathogens of insects; providing fungal germplasm for research and biopesticide development.
Our research unit advances comprehensive knowledge of the biological and economic impacts of invasive pest/pathogen populations and develops appropriate sustainable, economical, and environmentally friendly management strategies. Research encompasses insects, weeds, nematodes, fungi, bacteria, and viruses, and focuses on the interactions of pests and pathogens with their hosts at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological levels. We also curate the world’s largest collection of fungal pathogens of insects to provide fungal germplasm for research and biopesticide development. Research is regional, national and global in scope and we strive to develop outcomes that are directly transferable to our stakeholders. Current efforts support the following key commodities; potato, tomato, citrus, coffee, greenhouse and nursery crops, as well as, diverse natural landscapes with results being applicable to many other agricultural and natural ecosystems.
Asselin, Jo Ann
Karp, Mary Ann