Seminar - Kathryn Turner: Perennial Grain Polyculture and Plant Pathogens
Cereal crops have replaced native perennial grasslands globally, dramatically changing the landscape. Perennial grain polyculture has the potential to restore the nutrient and water holding capacity of the soil, build organic matter, and reduce erosion. Perennial systems must be managed differently from annual systems. I will explore some of the challenges and opportunities controlling diseases in perennial grain polycultures. For crops undergoing domestication, there are substantial genetic resources to select for resistance to pathogens and we are actively pursuing the most effective ways to develop disease resistant new crops. We are faced with limited knowledge about novel crops and seek innovative ideas to identify novel pathogens and to control diseases. View Abstract (PDF).
Thursday, September 12 at 3:45pm