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Postdoctoral Fellow (Charkowski-USDA-CARE)

The person in this position will be responsible for experiments designed to improve detection and management of blackleg and soft rot pathogens of potato, including Dickeya and Pectobacterium species. These two bacterial pathogens are the main bacterial pathogens of potato and cause disease annually in the 70,000 acres of potato grown in Colorado. They are also among the most important bacterial pathogens of potato worldwide. The incumbent will also assist in outreach activities related to this project.

The job is at Colorado State University. Click here to find out more information or to apply.

AgriLife Research entomologist testing potato psyllids for insecticide resistance

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

A growing resistance of potato psyllids to the neonicotinoid classification of insecticides has Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, looking to the future.

The potato psyllid is a tiny insect with sucking, piercing mouthparts that transmits a disease called zebra chip and can cause tremendous losses to producers, Szczepaniec said. Producers have used the neonicotinoid insecticides to protect their solanaceous crops, mostly potatoes, in the past. Continue reading

Experts trace roots of potato disease to Mexico

In Southeast Farm Press

By Brad Buck, University of Florida

The disease called late blight killed most of Ireland’s potatoes during its infamous 1840 famine. Today, it still costs Florida tomato farmers far more than potato farmers, resulting in millions of dollars each year in lost yield, unmarketable crop and control.

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USDA scientists learn new ways to control a potato disease

From USDA ARS News

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding new ways of managing “zebra chip” and the insect that can spread this plant disease to potato crops.

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Late Blight Webinar on January 14

Join eOrganic on January 14th for a webinar on Late Blight of Tomato and Potato: Recent Occurrences and Management Experiences, presented by Meg McGrath of Cornell University. The webinar takes place at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). The webinar is free and open to the public, and advanced registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker. A live chat session will follow the webinar.

Register now at http://www.extension.org/pages/70122

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