Nearly $70,000 in funding from the Arizona Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program allowed us to continue field trials of crop protection products as well as research early and remote disease detection. UA researchers Dr. Barry Pryor and Dr. Mike Matheron established trials within commercial fields to evaluate current lettuce varieties, experimental lines, fungicides and biofungicides for potential efficacy in managing Fusarium wilt of lettuce. Research is underway to find ways to measure likely disease pressure from simple soil tests, and early and remote detection to enable producers to better manage this devastating disease.
After the field trials were completed, a Center of Excellence Seminar Series presentation, "New Developments in Advancing Management of Fusarium Wilt of Lettuce", was held to disseminate the research results on varietal resistance and product efficacy and assist with fall planting decisions.
Want to see the live version of the presentation? Here it is!
Click on the link below to view the research results: