Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics Research
Project Number: 2032-21220-006-09-A
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2012
End Date: Jun 30, 2017
Compare sociological and economic factors in terms of their influence on adoption of preventative control practices for wood-canker diseases of grape and pistachio.
The primary literature states that preventative practices are effective and growers say they use these practices, but they are still losing trees and vines prematurely to wood-canker diseases. To resolve these conflicting observations, our grower surveys will identify sociological factors that limit adoption of preventative practices or cause improper application. With a clear understanding of the social-learning network that growers use to make disease-management decisions, we can develop new extension tools for strategic deployment.