Feb 11, 2016
PVY workshops June 20-23

Potato virus detection training workshops will be held in four different sites from June 20-23. The workshops will cover field identification of PVY (strains O, N-Wi and NTN), including visual identification of foliar symptoms on 40 major cultivars.

The training will include samples of different tuber symptoms from PVY, PMTV and TRV. Workshops will also discuss and demonstrate new diagnostic assays for viruses and soilborne vectors of some of the viruses.

University and USDA experts at the workshops include: Stewart Gray, USDA-ARS/Cornell; Mark Pavek, Washington State University (WSU); Jonathan Whitworth, USDA-ARS/Idaho; Alex Karasev, University of Idaho; Amy Charkowski, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Nina Zidack, Montana State University.

Workshops will be held: June 20 at the WSU research farm, 1471 W. Cox Road. Othello, Washington; June 21 at the WSU commercial seed lot evaluation Othello; June 22 at the Oregon State University Research and Extension Center, 2121 S. 1st St. Hermiston, Oregon; and June 23 at the WSU Potato Field Day in Othello.

The recent standardization of seed certification programs across the U.S. includes the requirement for documentation of inspector training. This training will also be beneficial to growers, field workers who rogue and the industry in general.

The workshops are part of a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Initiative award.

For more information about the workshops, email [email protected]. To register for the workshops go here.

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