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Deploying microbes as a seed treatment for protection against soil-borne plant pathogens

Plant diseases, especially those caused by soil-borne seed infecting pathogens, pose a serious threat to the production of both greenhouse and field crops. Conventional farming operations often use fumigants and chemical seed treatments, which can be harmful to human health and the environment, for controlling seed and seedling pathogens.

Study Helps Steer Organic Rice Producers to New & Effective Fertilizers


Project title: Evaluation of alternative nitrogen sources for California rice systems
Investigator: Bruce Linquist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA
Project location: Sacramento Valley, California

Biological mediation of apple replant disease in organic apple orchards


Investigator: Lori Hoagland, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Project location: Eastern Washington state

Investigating the use of buckwheat strips to attract beneficial insects for the management of Colorado potato beetle


Investigator: Robert Hadad, Cornell Regional Vegetable Program, Lockport, NY
Project location: Four organic farms in upstate New York

Enhancing insect pest management in organic systems using genotypically diverse cultivar mixtures


Coordinator: John Tooker, Pennsylvania State University
Project location: Russel Larson Agricultural Research Center, Rock Springs, PA

Farmer-based evolutionary participatory plant breeding for organic quinoa, buckwheat, and spelt

The purpose of this project was to identify varieties of quinoa, buckwheat and spelt optimally adapted to organic farming systems in Washington State. Quinoa varieties have been identified that perform well in both Eastern and Western Washington. The multi-location quinoa variety trials have led to the establishment of a robust organic quinoa breeding and agronomy program, with multiple students incorporating genetic, agroecological and social aspects into their research.

Organic cover crop seed production as a sustainable enterprise for the Southeast


Investigator: Ray Hicks, University of Georgia, Screven County Cooperative Extension, Sylvania, Georgia
Project location: Screven County, East Central Georgia


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