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Investigator: Crowder, D.

Examining microbial mediation of disease resistance, pollinator attraction, and crop yield in apple crops

The composition of microbial communities can have dramatic, but often unappreciated, impacts on crop production. In apple crops, surveys indicate that numerous microbe species colonize…

Introducing Organic Quinoa Production Systems in the Palouse

The popularity of quinoa in the past decade has quadrupled prices at U.S. retail outlets. For all this demand, the vast majority of the quinoa…

Effects of Nematode Genetic Diversity on Management of Potato Pests

Market forces are driving conventional Columbia Basin potato growers towards less-chemically-intensive pest management approaches, such as biological control. Insect-killing, entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs), which live in…

Local and landscape-scale conservation of beneficial predators in Columbia Basin Potato Crops

Biological control by naturally-occurring predatory insects and spiders is an ecologically friendly and sustainable approach to pest management. Biological control is often underutilized, however, in…