Compost-Induced Disease Suppressive Soils for Control of Verticillium Wilt of Strawberry
The project studies have been completed and the focus of our efforts is now on extension and publication. I have been presenting at various workshops/seminars and preparing written material for both peer-reviewed publication and extension handouts.
1) Submit research for publication. We hope to complete the manuscript and submit it for publication by mid-February 2016.
2) Develop outreach and extension materials
- Present at a grower meetings
- Contribute to ‘Solutions Center for Nutrient Managament’ hosted by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. http://ucanr.edu/sites/Nutrient_Management_Solutions/
- Develop extension handout or webpage for my UCCE farm advisor program with a description about compost and disease management.
Completed my dissertation with several chapters based on work generated from the WSARE grant.
Chapter 2 Field Evaluation of Four Commercial Composts on Strawberry Production
Chapter 3 Evaluation of four commercial composts for suppression of Verticillium dahliae and Pythium ultimum
Chapter 4 Adoption of alternative practices for management of soilborne diseases: Grower surveys on perceived needs, status of practice adoption, incentives to change, and information exchange
Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes
1) Presentation at UCCE farm advisor Steve Koike’s Plant Disease Seminar (100+ participants).
Title: “How cultural practices can influence productivity and plant health in strawberry production”
2) Presentation at the Sustainable/Organic Production Seminar hosted by OFAC/CAPCA, Dec 3, 2015 (80+ participants)
Title: “The ABC’s of Soilborne Wilt Disease Management in Organic Production”
California Association of California Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA)
Organic Fertilizer Association of California (OFAC)
3) Consulted for a book by Emily Monosson about disease suppression.
4) Dissertation is available to the public.
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