2014 New Call for Positions
2014 URS Call for Positions
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.
096 Nematology Specialist for vegetables, field & row crops, ornamentals & turf grass
Either at the USDA Agricultural Research Station in Salinas, or at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Lucia Varela - Main Contact
- Nematology Specialist for vegetables, field & row crops, ornamentals & turf (doc), uploaded 05/19/2014 by Lucia Varela
I strongly support this position. UCCE has very limited human resources with regards to applied nematology. Nematodes continue to be important pests for many crops and commodities, and invasive species of nematodes constantly threaten on the horizon. Diagnostic services for nematodes are especially needed within the system.
Nematodes affect every cropping system and are difficult for advisors to diagnose and provide management recommendations for. This position is strongly needed.
Nematode resistance in processing tomato is the foundation nematode management practice for many rotational crops. As resistance breaking strains become more prevalent in tomato, rotated crops such as carrot, cotton, melon, pumpkin and bean among others, will have heavier losses with overwhelming RKN populations. A specialist focused on this complex and difficult to manage pest would benefit several crops tremendously. Industry has sought new sources of resistance for over 20 years and come up empty. The issue will need a Specialist approach because a simple genetic fix is not on the horizon.
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