Location: Horticultural Crops Research
Project Number: 2072-12220-004-15-G
Project Type: Grant
Start Date: Aug 29, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
1. Optimize and determine the feasibility for solarization to disinfest greenhouse in-ground beds and used containers. 2. Determine if the addition of biocontrol agents to solarized soil will reduce disease caused by soilborne plant pathogens.
Attempt to optimize solarization conditions to achieve higher soil temperatures, and follow solarization with amendment by biological control organisms to further suppress surviving pathogen inoculum. We will also test greenhouse solarization as a means of disinfesting used containers.