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David Sparks Ph.d Root Rot Solution
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: October 19, 2018

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Aphanomyces root rot, is a disease that can cause crop yield losses in peas of 20 to 100 percent. Idaho Pea and Lentil Commission scientist Todd Schultz told me that there may soon be a solution.”it has been a problem for peas for 50 years. Historically the solution has been to move. If you think about agricultural land now you cannot move. They are actually trying to find solutions and have been trying for many years. The French, who also raise fresh peas had an even greater problem because they have a lot less ground where they can move it. they spent $3 million on research. In that process, they came to the United States, and took materials from both locations, germ plasm type material, And planted them in both locations. They are slightly different Aphanomyces so you were getting to screen your two different materials against the two different varieties of Aphanomyces . That process was begun at around 2003. In the process they found tolerant material and they are announcing that this stuff called germ plasm we expect to move into our commercial varieties, it may take a year or two before there is a variety that is released with some tolerance to Aphanomyces .

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