Location: Fruit and Tree Nut Research
Project Number: 6042-22000-024-025-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2022
End Date: Aug 31, 2025
Obj.1. Assess if bacterial symbionts from entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) can control plant pathogenic nematodes and fungi in Pecan orchards, as well as impacts on the soil microbiome. Obj. 2. Identification of optimal timing for applications of nematicides in turfgrass settings to manage root-knot nematodes. Obj. 3. Determine economic impact of proposed strategies (Obj 1 and 2) as an alternative to methyl bromide.
Byron lab will support objective 1 by providing cultures of bacterial symbionts of entomopathogenic nematodes and overseeing field tests. Field testing of the bacterial cultures will be performed at the Byron site Pecan orchards.