M.S. Research: Forecasting and cucurbit downy mildew
- B.S., Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State University
Michigan is the number one producer of pickling cucumbers in the country. The cucumber industry produces about $ 50 million in revenue each year. However, the pathogen, Pseudoperonospora cubensis, causes the disease cucurbit downy mildew, which can reduce cucumber yields up to 100% if not managed properly. Fungicides are the most effective way to reduce the severity of cucurbit downy mildew. My area of research is testing fungicides both singularly and in programs, and evaluating different forecasting methods. This research will hopefully allow the growers to make fungicide application decisions easier.