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Research Project: New Detection, Research, and Extension Tools for Managing Wood-Canker Diseases of Fruit and Nut Crops

Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics Research

Project Number: 5306-21220-006-04
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Sep 01, 2012
End Date: Aug 31, 2014

Objective:
1) To develop new detection tools for use by diagnosticians, nurserymen, and growers; 2) To identify sources of resistance in the germplasm; and 3) To encourage adoption of preventative control practices in young vineyards and orchards.

Approach:
For development of new, detection tools, we propose several DNA-based approaches for detection from nursery stock, spores in the field, and early detection. For the identification of disease-resistant cultivars and germplasm, we will work together with plant breeders and the USDA Germplasm Repositories to identify the most common and promising materials to screen. For encouraging adoption of preventative practices, we propose a set of economic analyses and industry surveys to identify the main socioeconomic factors that limit adoption of preventative practices. With a clear understanding of these factors, we propose to build an effective outreach and communication strategy with new tools for extension.

Last Modified: 4/20/2014
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