The overall goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate sustainable farming practices that control bacterial wilt in edible ginger. We have: a) grown and distributed over 1,300 pounds of bacterial wilt-free ginger seed pieces to commercial and backyard growers; b) completed our ginger wilt website that has been accessed over 3,800 times from 66 countries; c) developed a method to test for presence of Ralstonia solanacearum in soil that has been adopted by the Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center; and d) helped to develop bacterial wilt-free seed ginger as a new, high valued product.
The overall goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate sustainable farming practices that control bacterial wilt in edible ginger.
Specific objectives were to:
1) demonstrate the importance of clean planting materials;
2) demonstrate procedures to test fields for Ralstonia solanacearum;
3) conduct field studies to determine the effectiveness of green manure crops or rotational crops for pathogen control;
4) conduct greenhouse studies to determine the effectiveness of vermicomposts to control R. solanacearum;
5) conduct economic analysis of sustainable, farming practices; and
6) disseminate information and enhance farmer adoption of practices through a video and a web site.