DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF PLANT DISEASE ASSESSMENT KEYS FOR TROPICAL EPIDEMICS

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

This project will fill a general need for reliable plant disease assessment tools for use in the tropics for assessment and analysis of important diseases of tropical crops. For example, the keys will be used to assess crop losses in relation to disease intensity, to model epidemics spatially and temporally, to compare and evaluate integrated management practices and to screen host germplasm collections for pest resistance. Improvements in crop management will contribute to more efficient and improved crop production and enhanced agricultural economies. Enhanced scientific understanding of plant disease epidemics and the factors which shape them in Hawaii, the Pacific region and the global tropics will elevate the science of plant pathology and, concurrently, the status of the University of Hawaii. Agricultural Industries will improve the efficiency of crop production and reduce the costs of integrated pest management and gain an accurate understanding of the performance of crop varieties. Scientists will gain improved understanding of tropical epidemics and the biology and ecology of the plant pathogens causing them. University of Hawaii faculty will gain greater understanding of plant disease epidemics and how to measure them. Scientists will gain improved understanding of tropical epidemics and the biology and ecology of the plant pathogens causing them. Pacific island nations will have agricultural industries with improves efficiency of production and reduce costs of disease management and will gain an accurate understanding of the performance of crop varieties.

StatusFinished
Effective start/end date4/1/029/30/16

Funding

  • National Science Foundation: $198,024.00

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