Plant Pathology Research

Pacific Ag Group staff, facilities, and resources are directed towards, 1) monitoring appropriate climatic conditions conducive to pathogen establishment, and, 2) optimal application with respect to timing and spray coverage of the test substance. Following these two critical components of trial conduct, evaluations of disease progress are characterized through rating systems widely accepted by the scientific community. The final step in evaluating the performance of a fungicide or related product is an unbiased analysis of the data through recognized statistical methods. These analyses are presented in a format that is easily understood by the research sponsor through extensive use of figures and tables.

Severe lettuce drop in a field study conducted by Pacific Ag Research in the Salinas Valley

Severe lettuce drop in a field study conducted by Pacific Ag Research in the Salinas Valley

Phytophthora capsici on cucurbits in a Michigan Ag Research study

Phytophthora capsici on cucurbits in a Michigan Ag Research study

In addition to field-pest studies, we maintain an active program of post-harvest testing. Here, we conduct commodity storage and processing studies with fruits and vegetables. In the case of refrigerated storage investigations and the study of control of decay organisms, this laboratory can segregate post-harvest segments to include transportation, cold storage, supermarket display, and consumer storage increments. Produce packing line products can also be applied under precise conditions on a small scale packing line. Because all facilities are within walking distance of the pathology lab, identification of post-harvest decay agents and experimental evaluations are quickly made by trained staff under controlled conditions.