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DUNG AND FROST POST-DOC AWARDED WESTERN IPM CENTER GRANT

Navneet Kaur, post-doctoral scholar in the Dung and Frost labs, was awarded a Western IPM Center Project Initiation Grant to research potential biocontrol options for ergot. Kaur (PI), Dung (Co-PI), and Frost (co-PI), along with collaborators Darrin Walenta (OSU-La Grande), Steven Alderman (USDA-ARS, retired), and Philip Hamm (OSU-HAREC), will conduct surveys and trials aimed at identifying and evaluating new and existing biocontrol organisms to help manage ergot in cool-season grass seed crops. Ergot, caused by the fungus Claviceps purpurea, is an important disease in Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass seed production systems in Oregon and Washington. This project will build upon existing research efforts aimed at developing multi-tactic integrated pest management (IPM) approaches that include cultural practices, host plant resistance, disease prediction modelling, pathogen detection, and chemical controls to minimize the impact of ergot in the grass seed industry.