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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Developing Effective Methods for Soilborne Pathogen Management through Removal of Root Inoculum in Continuous Red Raspberry Production Systems

Location: Horticultural Crops Research

Project Number: 2072-22000-043-12-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2015
End Date: May 31, 2018

1. Demonstrate and evaluate the efficacy of raspberry root removal prior to pre-plant fumigation in reducing soilborne pathogen and pest populations. 2. Observe the temporal changes in soil/rhizosphere microbiology in order to improve the current understanding of pathogen and pest progression. 3. Evaluate the economic feasibility of raspberry root inoculum removal. 4. Implement a coordinated effort that rapidly disseminates and demonstrates research findings.

We will identify a located in northern Washington raspberry fields and establish replicated plots comparing damage potential of soil borne pathogens in areas where previous crop roots are removed or not. In collaboration with WSU extension, written and web-based materials will be created and disseminated to help raspberry growers manage soil borne pathogens and nematodes.

Last Modified: 09/24/2017
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