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Date:11/5/2010

thogens," Hong said.

Hong and his colleagues are examining the path of these pathogens and developing biologically based management strategies that will prevent them from reaching the pump house. "We are also studying how we can manipulate certain aspects of the water quality, such as the pH level, to kill the pathogens, and we want to know what kind of effect these water quality changes have on crops," Hong added.

The researchers are studying the biology of the pathogens so they can use this knowledge to develop protocols for best management practices and help growers design or modify irrigation systems that prevent pathogens from reaching horticultural crops. Although Hong and his colleagues are evaluating whether individual species are aquatic or terrestrial and what degree of damage they have on nursery and floral crops, the research team aims to develop strategies that deal with the Phytophthora genus in its entirety.

According to Hong, an irrigation system that dealt with pathogen problems would have lasting rewards for growers. "When farmers build a new irrigation system and modify existing systems based on the results of this project, they will benefit forever from such one-time investment," he said.


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Contact: Michael Sutphin
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540-231-6975
Virginia Tech
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