Downy mildew resistant varieties of sweet basil now available

Four new varieties of sweet basil resistant to downy mildew are now available to growers.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick announced in June that collaborative research and variety selection had spawned seeds for new varieties resistant to the dreaded disease. Continue reading

Gene editing approach aims for broad disease resistance in staple food crops

by Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife

A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a “knock-in” gene editing approach might achieve better disease resistance in a wide range of crop plants. Continue reading

New Tipsheet Shows Sheep Producers A Tool for Reducing Parasite Problems

The Barber Pole Worm (Haemonchus contortus) ultimately becomes a major source of concern on every irrigated or high-rainfall sheep operation. It has a proven track record that has resulted in areas of the United States becoming unable to raise sheep or goats. Fecal Egg Counts (FEC) and FAMACHA© are two of the main tools that producers can use to successfully reduce Barber Pole Worm infections.

This new tipsheet, How Fecal Egg Counts Can Help You Fight Parasites, by NCAT agriculture specialist and owner of Montana Highland Lamb Dave Scott, offers advice on using FEC to build resilience and resistance in your flocks. Continue reading

APHIS Announces FY 2019 Open Period Dates for the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the dates of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 open period for submitting suggestions to implement the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program.  The FY 2019 open period will last seven weeks from July 2, 2018, through August 17, 2018.  There will be $75 million available with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN).  The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately. Continue reading