Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation: A Biological Approach to Manage Specialty Crop Soilborne Pests and Pathogens

This webinar took place on February 21, 2023

About the Webinar

This webinar will provide a general overview of Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD) as a biological solution for the management of soilborne pests and pathogens in specialty crops. Attendees will learn:

  1. how the ASD approach proposed today was developed;
  2. the principles and main mechanisms involved in ASD pest and pathogen suppression; and
  3. how ASD is applied.

Results of research conducted in Florida and Pennsylvania on sustainable and organic specialty crops will be presented.

About the Presenters

Dr. Francesco Di Gioia is an Assistant Professor of Vegetable Crops Science at The Pennsylvania State University focusing on the development of sustainable vegetable production systems. Dr. Erin Rosskopf is Research Leader and Research Microbiologist at the USDA-ARS U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, FL focusing on alternatives to the use of chemical fumigants.

Published January 5, 2023

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