Current Projects

Northwest Potato Research Consortium
Cooperative Effort of the Potato Commissions of ID, OR, & WA

Current Projects -- Growing year 2021, Commission fiscal year 2021-22

(Contact information for each scientist is listed at the end of this document.)


Plant Pathology/Soil Health

Lee Hadwiger       Defense response signaling in potato tissue
 Kasia Duellman    Relationship between in vitro fungicide resistance of Fusarium dry rot pathogens and disease control of Fusarium dry rot in vivo and in the field
 Ken Frost    Development of an assay to screen for fungicide resistant Fusarium species in potato field soils
 Ken Frost    Data mining for crop rotations that predict the occurrence of mefanoxam-resistant Pythium species
Deirdre Griffin LaHue, Tarah Sullivan    Managing the potato microbiome for improved soil and potato health
 Markus Kleber    "Reactive Carbon" as a critical control of microbial performance in potato fields
 Jeff Miller, Nora Olsen    Management of Fusarium dry rot of Clearwater Russet
 Kylie Swisher Grimm    Support for the investigation of emerging and persistent potato diseases in the Northwest
 Kiwamu Tanaka    Testing plant-defense elicitation compounds and antimicrobial agents to control silver scurf disease
James Woodhall, Phill Wharton, Kasia Duellman, Tim Waters    A network of spore samplers as an early warning detection system for foliar potato pathogens
 James Woodhall, Kiwamu Tanaka, Ken Frost      Developing collaborative modern diagnostic approaches for potato pest and pathogen detection and characterization for the Pacific Northwest
 David Wheeler, Deirdre Griffin Lahue, Cynthia Gleason, Ken Frost    Comparison of potato yields, soil health, and pathogen loads in virgin and non-virgin soils
Jeff Miller, James Woodhall, Nora Olsen   Management of Powdery Scab and Potato Mop Top Virus



Nematology

 Cynthia Gleason, Sagar Sathuvalli      Investigation into a candidate potato resistance gene against the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne chitwoodi race 1
 Cynthia Gleason , Louise-Marie Dandurand   An investigation into the potential for broad-spectrum resistance against plant parasitic nematodes in potato
Louise-Marie Dandurand, Joe
Kuhl, Allan Caplan, Fangming
Xiao, Inga Zasada 
  Functional Genomics of Solanum sisymbriifolium (Litchi Tomato) Immunity for PCN Eradication
 Inga Zasada   Development of a multiplex real-time PCR assay for the detection and quantification of the root-knot nematodes species important in the production of potato
Alan Schreiber     Development of New Nematicides for Potatoes

Potato Virus

 Aymeric Goyer    Improving detection of PVY-infected plants with  innovative peptide application 
 Aymeric Goyer   Testing genes that have the potential to provide resistance to PVY
Alex Karasev   ‘Window of susceptibility’ to PVYNTN infection in potato and effect on virus translocation into tubers
Kylie Swisher Grimm, Max
Feldman
  Understanding Tobacco rattle virus epidemiology through basic and applied assays

Entomology

Rodney Cooper, Dave
Horton, Kylie Swisher Grimm,  Dave Crowder, Ken Frost
   Molecular and landscape approaches to understanding beet leafhopper and potato purple top disease in the Columbia Basin
 Justin Clements, Tim Waters   Longevity of early season insecticide applications for the control of problematic insect pests of potatoes
Jackie Serrano   Role of vector saliva in pathogen transmission
 Alan Schreiber   Development of Insecticides for Pacific Northwest Potatoes
 Tim Waters   Quantifying Crop Safety and Efficacy when Tank Mixing Insecticides and Fungicides
 Tim Waters    Attempting to Establish the Economic Threshold for Lygus in Potatoes and Determining Efficacy and Tolerance of Insecticides for Control of Lygus

Cropping Systems, Plant Physiology

Nora Olsen, Mike Thornton, Jeff Miller, Aymeric Goyer, Ray Qin, Ken Frost    Practices associated with blackspot bruise susceptibility
Ray Qin, Sagar Sathuvalli, Rhett Spear   Evaluation of Potassium Requirement for Different Potato Varieties

Breeding/Variety Development

 

Jacob Blauer

     Postharvest Quality of Clones in the Western Regional Potato Variety Development Program
 Mark Pavek   In-Field Testing to Identify New Potato Varieties and Best Management Practices for Growers
Rhett Spear, Rich Novy, Mike Thornton     Breeding and Selecting Russet and Specialty Varieties with Improved Tuber Qualities, Disease and Pest Resistance, and Sustainability 
Rhett Spear, Nora Olsen   Storage Requirements for New and “Potential Release” Cultivars for the Potato Industry
Sgar Sathuvalli, Brian Charlton, Clint Shock    Genetic Improvement and Cultivar Development of Russet, Chip and Specialty Potatoes for the PNW Potato Industry
Sagar Sathuvalli, Kelly Vining, Max Feldman   Breeding for Resistance to Columbia Root-Knot Nematode: Introgression of new sources of resistance and development of genomic resources
Max Feldman, Sagar
Sathuvalli 
   Identifying molecular markers to select for promising virus resistant germplasm

 

Funded Scientists: Growing year 2021, Commission fiscal year 2021-22

Scientist Name     Affiliation/Institution
 Jake Blauer   Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Allan Caplan   University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Brian Charlton  

Oregon State University, Klamath Falls, OR

Justin Clements   University of Idaho, Parma
Rodney Cooper  

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Wapato, WA

Dave Crowder  

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Louise-Marie Dandurand  

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Kasia Duellman  

University of Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID

Max Feldman  

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Prosser WA

Ken Frost  

Oregon State University, Hermiston, OR

Cynthia Gleason  

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Aymeric Goyer  

Oregon State University, Hermiston, OR

Deirdre Griffin LaHue  

Washington State University, Mount Vernon, WA

Lee Hadwiger   Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Dave Horton  

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Wapato, WA

Alex Karasev  

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Marus Kleber  

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Joe Kuhl  

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Jeff Miller  

Miller Research, Rupert, ID

Rich Novy  

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Aberdeen, ID

Nora Olsen  

University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID

Mark Pavek  

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Ray Qin  

Oregon State University, Hermiston, OR

Sagar Sathuvalli  

Oregon State University, Hermiston, OR

Alan Schreiber  

Agriculture Development Group, Inc., Eltopia, WA 509-539-4537; aschreib@centurytel.net

Rhett Spear  

University of Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID

Tara Sullivan  

Washington State University, Pullman WA

Kylie Swisher Grimm  

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Prosser WA

Kiwamu Tanaka  

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Mike Thornton  

University of Idaho, Parma, ID

Kelly Vining  

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Tim Waters  

Washington State University, Pasco, W

David Wheeler   Washington State University Pullman, WA
Jonathan Whitworth  

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Aberdeen, ID

James Woodhall  

University of Idaho, Parma, ID

Fangming Xiao  

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Inga Zasada  

USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Corvallis, OR


 

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