26 May 2017
Next Generation Sequencing of Oomycete Communities in Nursery Irrigation Water
Eberhart, J., Funahashi, F., Foster, Z.S.L., Parke, J. (Oregon State University)
Our current research is focused on helping plant nurseries monitor oomycete pathogens in their irrigation water to determine the need for water treatment, evaluate effectiveness of treatment options, and enable selection of cost-effective ways to disinfest water. Once protocols have been fully developed and validated, Illumina sequencing has the potential to be a sensitive method to detect, identify, and estimate the relative abundance of oomycete communities from water samples. We will use this knowledge to help nursery managers make informed decisions about effective water disinfestation strategies, reducing the risk of establishment of plant pathogens.
Sudden Oak Death 6th Science Symposium June 2016 (2554 KB)
25 May 2017
Diffusing Water Conservation and Treatment Technologies to Nursery and Greenhouse Growers
Lamm, A.J., Warner, L.A., Taylor, M.R., Martin, E.T., Fisher, P. (University of Florida), White, S. (Clemson University)
In-depth interviews were conducted with 24 operators across the U.S. to identify their perceptions of new water-saving technologies and treatments. The findings revealed growers are aware of water-saving technologies and the rate of adoption depends on a variety of factors including: perceived cost, lack of ability of their workforce to use the new technology due to its complexity, and belief that their product will be worth more if it is grown in an environmentally-friendly manner. Barriers to adoption included the high cost of replacing equipment, incompatibility with existing systems, and the perception that new technologies do not fit in with the traditional hands-on approach to horticulture. We need to develop materials that highlight the economic benefit of adoption and cost recovery, YouTube videos that reduce issues with perceived complexity should also be developed for growers so they can use them with their workers.
Journal of International Agriculture and Extension Education April 2017 (639 KB)
23 May 2017
What is the Cost of Your Water?
Raudales, R. (University of Connecticut), Fisher, P. (University of Florida), Hall, C.(Texas A&M University)
This article focuses on the cost of irrigation water including the water source, fertilizer and treatment. The cost of water concludes the three-part series on irrigation water in GPN magazine.
See the link bellow