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Research Project: Safeguarding the U.S. Seed Potato Industry Against Emerging Seed Potato-Borne Pathogens That Impact Trade and Farm Viability

Location: Emerging Pests and Pathogens Research

Project Number: 8062-22000-022-17-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2017
End Date: Aug 30, 2019

Objective:
To assist ARS in the coordination with state seed certification agencies in order to obtain tuber samples from seed lots and to also distribute and store samples in labs conducting initial surveys.

Approach:
The Cooperator will devote two summer months (8 weeks) per year to the project objectives including developing models to optimize the delineation of virus tolerance limits in seed potatoes that will minimize the impact of the pathogens on crop yield and quality, and on trade opportunities but that are economically feasible in terms of diagnostic testing and potato production. Models will be developed that predict the occurrence and potential persistence of PMTV, TRV and Dickeya, including examining pathogen indicidence in seed lots to determine if it is predictive of subsequent crop losses in the following year. Cooperator will also contribute to the development and distribution of outreach materials for improved website content and grower meeting participation.