APPLIED RESEARCH & RAPID EXTENSION OF DISCOVERIES IN PHOTOBIOLOGY AND LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUPPRESSION OF POWDERY MILDEW IN STRAWBERRY

Project Details

Description

This is an ARDP research-led project that addresses the CPPM Focus Area of Plant Protection Tools and Tactics. Our multidisciplinary team has pioneered research on novel uses of light to suppress plant pathogens across a broad range of specialty crops, and the research has been extensively vetted in peer-reviewed journals and field trials. Light treatments were more effective than the best available fungicides in 2017-18 field trials. Still, critical questions remain regarding optimal dosing, lamp life, and design of lighting arrays. We propose to conduct translational experiments that address remaining barriers to the use of light treatments for strawberry as a model IPM system. The US strawberry crop represents an ideal system. It is widely grown, and almost universally threatened by powdery mildew. Our team will work with an advisory group of crop advisors, extension specialists, growers, and lighting manufacturers. We will conduct research that will lead to improved and practical mobile lighting devices for field-scale demonstrations in California and Florida. Our strategy has three phases: Enlighten, Educate and Enable. In phase one, we will Enlighten growers, extension agents, advisors and manufacturers by presenting our solutions locally, nationally and in media. In phase two, we will Educate leading strawberry growers to build and deploy these devices in their operations. We will host field days to educate other diverse stakeholders. In phase three, we will Enable stakeholders nationwide by deploying extension materials, including videos, on a dedicated YouTube Channel, our lightandplanthealth website, and via course material at eXtension.org.

StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/09/1830/11/20

Funding

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture: $324,930.00

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