Liza DeGenring, MS Student

Biological Sciences: Agricultural Sciences - MSLiza DeGenring, MS Student

Dr. Anissa Poleatewich

: Biocontrol of Pythium Disease in Greenhouse Production of Strawberries and Tomatoes

The primary objective of this research is to understand how microbial populations are regulated by physical environment and different cultivars of strawberries and tomatoes and how they influence disease. We are investigating how effective biocontrols, living organisms that are natural antagonists to the pathogens,  are in suppressing Pythium in strawberries and tomatoes growing in different substrates.  The goal of this project is to implement sustainable biocontrol management strategies for soilborne pathogens that  are compatible with different cultivars and soil health management practices.