Seedling pathogen research is just the beginning
RESEARCH IS ADVANCING RAPIDLY
Bond suspects that with the increased interest and incidence of cover crops and the analytical technologies now available, such interactions will be better understood.
“We may get to the point where we will be able to identify fields based on pathogens and risk factors and whether fields will be at risk based on environmental factors,” said Bond.
“If there is a high risk factor, perhaps crop rotation or cover crops could be recommended. If we know that an area has a particular mix of pathogens, seed companies may be able to prescribe particular seed treatments. This study will help identify where there is severe disease pressure and those seed treatments with the greatest payback.”
Looking ahead, the study may have even greater benefit as a research base and data bank. As state, federal and grower funding is made available, other seed and soil researchers will be able to utilize these findings to better identify areas needing study and better focus those dollars.
With all the discussion of the need to feed an ever-growing population, the time to support such efforts has never been better.
“We have the technologies and the techniques, and these research efforts are addressing needs important to society,” said Bond.
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