Plant Pathology

COTTON

Influence of Nematodes and Edaphic Factors on Cotton

Objective:

Quantify the impact of root-knot nematodes, seedling disease, soil texture, and hardpans on cotton root architecture and nematode damage thresholds.

Personnel:

Jianbing Ma (Ph.D. student).

Funding:

Cotton Inc. - $24,094 annually

Cooperators:

Scott Monfort, Terry Griffin, Bob Robbins

Nematicide Efficacy.

Objective:

Evaluate field performance of experimental and registered nematicides.

Funding:

Industry – ca. $25,000 annuallyNitrogen Use Efficiency in the Presence of Nematodes

Objective:

Determine the impact of severe nematode infestation on the fertility needs of cotton.

Personnel:

Amanda Greer (M.S. student).

Funding:

State.

Cooperators:

Cliff Coker

SOYBEAN

Cultivar Disease Screening.

Objective:

Screen all new cultivars in OVT for resistance to stem canker, frogeye leaf spot, root-knot, soybean cyst, and reniform nematodes. Coordinate program that includes screening at UAF, Kibler, and Newport as well as Hope.

Personnel:

Kim Rowe (90%); Mike Emerson (50%); Devany Crippen (30%).

Funding:

Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board - $118,039 annually

Cooperators:

Rick Cartwright, Scott Monfort, Don Dombek, Jeremy Ross

Soybean Rust Preparedness.

Objective:

Remain prepared for SR entry into Arkansas (sentinel plots, spore traps, First Detector Training, fungicide trial).

Personnel:

Kim Rowe (10%).

Funding:

USDA - $6,000 annually

Cooperators:

Arkansas Soybean Rust Team

Integrated Soybean Nematode Management

Objective:

Evaluate new and existing methods of nematode management for soybean growers; develop realistic and effective management strategies.

Personnel:

Larry Jackson (50%); Devany Crippen (30%).

Funding:

Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board - $102,504 annually

Cooperators:

Scott Monfort

HORTICULTURAL CROPS

Biofumigation and Solarization in Plasticulture Strawberry

Objective:

Evaluate the potential for use of brassica cover crops and solarization to replace soil fumigation in annual plasticulture strawberries.

Personnel:

Chris Vincent

Funding:

Small Fruit Consortium - $5,000 annually

Cooperators:

Elena Garcia

Potential for High Tunnel Production of Fruits and Vegetables in Southwest Arkansas

Objective:

Evaluate potential crops for adaptation, susceptibility to diseases, and overall productivity in a high tunnel production system.

Funding:

State.

Cooperators:

Qingfang Chen

Nematode management for soybean growers; develop realistic and effective management strategies.

Personnel:

Larry Jackson (50%); Devany Crippen (30%).

Funding:

Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board - $102,504 annually

Cooperators:

Scott Monfort