WSU Small Fruit Pathology – Current research
Current research activities of the WSU Small Fruit Pathology group related to this blueberry disease involve validation of an ascospore prediction model and studies of fungicide resistance of the mummy berry pathogen. Fungicide resistance studies are performed using agar plate assays where active ingredients of commonly used fungicides are added to the growth media to determine the effect of the chemical on fungal growth compared to the controls where no chemicals are added. These experiments aim to obtain a better understanding of the efficacy of the individual chemicals in reducing growth of the mummy berry pathogen.
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