Courtesy Faculty, Research Plant Pathologist
inga.zasada [at] ars.usda.gov
Develop economic thresholds for plant-parasitic nematodes important to small fruits and understand under which conditions these thresholds apply.
Develop production systems which promote root health and encourage the establishment of plant-parasitic nematode suppressive environments.
Continue to provide information on the efficacy of current plant-parasitic nematode management strategies relevant to industry
Biology and management of plant-parasitic nematodes associated with small fruits
My lab's primary goal is to develop nematode management strategies for Pacific Northwest small fruit industries. Plant-parasitic nematode can cause considerable yield loss in perennial fruit production systems if left unmanaged. Current research includes: identification of nematode resistance in red raspberry; elucidation of the population biology of virus-transmitting nematodes and; evaluation of cover crops, nematicides and amendments in small fruit production systems for nematode control.
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College of Agricultural Sciences
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
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