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Research Project: Sclerotinia Initiative

Location: Sunflower and Plant Biology Research

Project Number: 3060-21220-031-00-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Feb 1, 2017
End Date: Jan 31, 2022

Objective:
Coordinate the development of a Sclerotinia initiative for expanded research to control this devastating disease which affects canola, sunflowers, soybeans, edible dry beans, lentils, peas and other crops. Research should be coordinated with interested ARS, state, and industry cooperators and administered through specific cooperative agreements. Planning workshops and annual meetings involving interested parties will be organized throughout the funding period.

Approach:
Exotic and emerging plant diseases pose severe problems throughout the United States. Their increasing importance may be attributed to the introduction of pathogens into new geographic regions; modification of the environment that favor diseases; change in crop management practices; genetic shifts in the pathogen population; and other processes that may give them a competitive advantage.