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Deadline for Registration and abstracts: January 3, 2020

Deadline for FY20 Funding Requests: January 31, 2020



Greetings from the National Sclerotinia Initiative!


To continue the strong research productivity of the Initiative, we are looking forward to receiving and reviewing your proposed plans of work for FY20 funding.  Please be advised of the following:


  • Application templates have been modified slightly from last year, so you MUST use the FY20 template.
  • Applications should be submitted in Word format.
  • A checklist is included with the last page of the template. This should be filled out and included with the completed application document.
  • For continuing projects, it is important for the review process that you clearly document progress over the past year, as well as the life of the project in the appropriate section of the template (Project Progress to Date).
  • Current Strategic Milestones and Accomplishment Report as well as related documents and information can be found at the links in the table at the bottom of this page.
  • Current application templates and instructions can be found at the 2020 Annual Meeting page.


For information about the National Sclerotinia Initiative, please contact Michael A. Grusak, Center Director, USDA-ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center, Fargo, ND (701-239-1371)










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The ARS-led National Sclerotinia Initiative supports 20 different projects aimed at neutralizing white mold's economic threat to seven different crops: sunflower, soybean, canola, edible dry beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas.  This consortium of federal and state university scientists includes 10 land grant universities and five crop commodity groups, and is led by the Agricultural Research Service, the USDA's chief scientific research agency.

2018 Annual Meeting

Pre-plans of work are now being accepted for The 2017 Annual Sclerotinia Initiative Meeting. The deadline for submitting pre-plans of work is December 9, 2016. 

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Sclerotinia Information

White Mold on Chickpea

Sclerotinia sclerotiorumis a plant pathogenic fungus that causes important diseases known as white mold, Sclerotinia stem rot, wilt or stalk rot, or Sclerotinia head rot on a wide variety of broadleaf crops.  It is commonly found damaging dry beans, sunflowers, soybeans, canola, peanut, and lentils.

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About the National Sclerotinia Initiative


On January 20-22, 2004, approximately 80 scientists and related stakeholders with knowledge of the fungal disease, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (white mold) participated in an annual meeting/workshop hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Minneapolis, MN.                               Learn more> 


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 About Sclerotinia
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