At September’s meeting, Jade Florence will discuss her PhD thesis research focused on the enhanced understanding of the life cycle of Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, the fungal causal agent of mummy berry disease of blueberry. By understanding the environmental cues that drive overwintering, she seeks to interfere with the pseudosclerotium’s ability to sense environmental change through use of mulching. Jade works in collaboration three local blueberry farms and partnership with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP).
Meet at 7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. There will be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community. The talk is free and open to the public.
I am interested in the use of cultural control, biocontrol, and integrated pest management to manage agricultural fungal pathogens. Before pursuing my graduate degree at Oregon State University, I worked as a field assistant in both large-scale and small-scale organic agricultural settings. In addition to conducting research, I also blog about my research at the OSU Mummy Berry IPM Blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/mummyberry/.