Onion ipmPIPE & Diagnostic Tools

Onion ipmPIPE & Diagnostic Tools

“ipmPIPE & Innovative Disease Diagnostic Tools for Onion Growers”

Project Directors – Howard F. Schwartz at howard.schwartz@colostate.edu & James VanKirk at jim@sripmc.org
[Supported in part by USDA-NIFA-SCRI Project No. 2010-01193]

Goal:  invest resources into aspects of onion production and this specialty crop to the ipmPIPE network in response to the needs of onion stakeholders across the U.S.:

  • Create an Onion ipmPIPE Network that will focus on onion thrips and IYSV, with general support for disease and pest diagnostics and IPM strategies for other priority problems of onion including bacterial and fungal diseases.
  • Develop, improve and enhance macroarray diagnostic tools for priority fungal and bacterial pathogens of onion, as well as food pathogens; establish diagnostic lab support for these pathogen groups and thrips; relate thrips to onion and IYSV  development; and implement and validate models via the Onion ipmPIPE.
  • Relate Disease Risk Assessment models and IPM strategies to economic monitoring and sustainability for specialty crop stakeholders via the Onion ipmPIPE.


Researchers, Collaborators & Advisors
SCRI – Onion ipmPIPE & Diagnostic Tools

Howard F. Schwartz, Professor of Plant Pathology and Extension Specialist, Colorado State University, C205 Plant Sci. Bldg. – BSPM, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1177, howard.schwartz@colostate.edu

James VanKirk, Cirector, Southern IPM Center. North Carolina State University, 1730 Varsity Drive, Suite 110. Raleigh, NC 27606-2194, jim@sripmc.org

Brenda K. Schroeder, Asst. Professor, Washington State University, 355 Johnson Hall, Department of Plant Pathology, Pullman, WA  99164-6430, bschroeder@wsu.edu

Jed Lafferty, Managing Director – Life Sciences, Planalytics, Inc., 920 Cassatt Road – Suite 300, Berwyn, PA 19312, jlafferty@planalytics.com

G. Keith Douce, Professor, Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health, The University of Georgia, P. O. Box 748 Tifton, GA 31793, kdouce@uga.edu

George Jibilian, President, Multigrain International, LLC. 314 Peterson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524, george@multigrain.com

George W. Norton, Professor, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 205-B Hutcheson Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061, gnorton@vt.edu

Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University

Ned Tisserat, Colorado State University

S. Krishna Mohan, University of Idaho

Mary Hausbeck, Michigan State University

Chris Cramer, New Mexico State University

Mark Uchanski, New Mexico State University

Brian Nault, Cornell University

Dan Drost, Utah State University

Diane Alston, Utah State University

Lindsey du Toit, Washington State University

Tim Waters, Washington State University

Carrie Wohleb, Washington State University

Richard Alldredge, Washington State University

Hanu Pappu, Washington State University

Ron Gitaitis, University of Georgia

Joe LaForest, Univerity of Georgia

Chris Parmeter, Virginia Tech

Wayne Mininger, Executive Secretary of the National Onion Association;

Robert Sakata, Onion Grower and President of the Colorado Onion Association;

Bill Dean, Board Member with Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association;

Paul Ruszkiewicz, Chairman, New York State Onion Industry Council;

Morgan Reeder, President, Utah Onion Association.

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