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Research Project: Development of effective economical microbial strategies to combat major nematode and fungal pests in turfgrass systems

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.