|TZANETAKIS, I - University Of Arkansas
|ALMEYDA, C - North Carolina State University
|GOLINO, D - University Of California, Davis
Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/24/2019
Publication Date: 2/3/2019
Citation: Tzanetakis, I.E., Almeyda, C., Golino, D., Martin, R.R. 2019. How the Clean Plant Network safeguards the strawberry industry. Abstract for North American Strawberry Symposium on February 3-6, 2019 in Orlando, FL.
Technical Abstract: Propagation material is the most important factor in berry productivity and farm sustainability. All plants from any particular cultivar come from a single seedling that has been evaluated in breeding plots for 7-10 years. During this period there is ample opportunity for infection by one or more systemic pathogens (viruses, viroids, phytoplasmas etc) which will be carried over to its clones. The National Clean Plant Network aims to eliminate all systemic pathogens of importance from breeding accessions before they are released and massively propagated in the nursery system. The process involves traditional and state-of-the-art technologies that aim to identified all known systemic pathogens of concern but also discover new ones that have recently been introduced to the crop. The merits of the process and the linkage to state certification programs will be discussed in detail.