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A Novel Strategy for Soil-borne Disease Management: Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD)

This webinar presents information about a novel non-chemical approach to soil borne disease management, called anaerobic soil disinfestation. Presenters discuss data obtained from studies applying this technique to strawberry production in California and vegetable production in Florida. Presenters include Carol Shennan, UC Santa Cruz and David Butler, University of Tennessee, with help from Joji Muramoto, UC Santa Cruz, Maren Mochizuki, University of California Cooperative Extension, and Erin Rosskopf, USDA-ARS.

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Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation to Control Soil Borne Pathogens

This webinar briefly reviews the development and use of anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) techniques for control of soil borne pathogens in various crops and regions around the world, and then focuses on the current state of knowledge and use of ASD in California primarily for strawberry production. They discuss the latest research findings relating to the efficacy of the technique, mechanisms underlying disease suppression, and our experience with growers using the technique in their own operations.

About the Presenters: Dr Carol Shennan is a professor in the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California Santa Cruz. She has been working on issues of agricultural sustainability for many years in the US and abroad, focusing most recently on crop rotation, soil fertility and disease management in organic strawberry and vegetable production systems in coastal California.

Dr. Joji Muramoto is an associate researcher at the Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a soil scientist/agroecologist specializing fertility and soilborne disease management in organic strawberries and vegetables in coastal California.

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