Seed Potato Pathology Research and Extension

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Research

·        Refining an Idaho aphid monitoring network for managing PVY risk (Funded in part by the Idaho Potato Commission)

·        Characterizing Fusarium species associated with and refining management of potato dry rot in the Pacific Northwest (Funded in part by the NW Potato Research Constortium/Idaho Potato Commission)

·        A network of spore samplers as an early warning detection system for foliar potato pathogens (Funded in part by the NW Potato Research Constortium/Idaho Potato Commission)

·        Monitoring the PVY strain composition in seed potato in the PNW (Funded in part by the NW Potato Research Constortium/Idaho Potato Commission)

·        Assessing the Potato Virus Y reservoir in Idaho – in volunteer potato, current-season crop, cull piles, and weeds (Funded in part by the Idaho Potato Commission and the University of Idaho)

·        Evaluating utility of mineral oil plus insecticide regimens in reducing in-season movement of PVY for seed potato growers

·        Utility of planting variable-sized whole tubers in seed potato production – using European belt-style planters

·        Understanding importance of late-season movement of PVY in Idaho

·        Assessing utility of hyperspectral sensors to distinguish plant stress (drought vs. disease)

On-going, non-biased, University-based trials

Contact us if interested in submitting protocols for testing for one or both of the following on-going trials (conducted annually) or if you have interest in conducting other types of trials in the field, greenhouse, growth chamber or lab:

Fusarium-inoculated trial (tuber-borne): Evaluation of effectiveness of fungicides, biologicals, and other strategies against seed piece decay diseases

Rhizoctonia-inoculated trial (soilborne): Evaluation of effectiveness of fungicides, biologicals, and other strategies against Rhizoctonia diseases

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