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033 Fruit Pathology Specialist


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



This position is badly needed and is supported heartily by Farm Advisors through out the Central Valley. There are many Advisors including myself who would be eager to work with him/her. The research needs are as diverse as the fruit industry in CA. Getting financial support for projects should be easy.
Posted May 30, 2012 11:12 AM by Maxwell Norton
A fruit and nut tree pathology specialist is needed in the San Joaquin Valley. Changing farm practices and climate are creating new environments that are conducive for previous, atypical diseases. Not having this available resource makes it difficult to do my job as a farm advisor.
Posted Jul 16, 2012 7:09 PM by David Doll
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Posted Jul 16, 2012 7:09 PM by [Deleted]
The Center at Kearney provides extensive field and laboratory research facilities that are crucial to addressing farmer’s needs. The San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the largest production areas for both stone fruit and nut crops in the country and the need for a fruit pathology specialist is critical to the continued success of farmers in this region. A CE is needed to develop relevant information that will anticipate, diagnose and manage new and existing plant diseases in ways that will minimize impacts on air and water quality, protect non-targeted organisms and provide sustainable solutions for farmers. Replacement of this position will strengthen the role of UC-ANR in bringing new technologies and education to the farmers and end-users of the San Joaquin Valley, thus maintaining a sustainable, healthy farming community that is critical to the success of California agriculture.
Posted Aug 2, 2012 1:33 PM by Jeff Dahlberg
The tree nut industries have relied on Michailides and Adaskaveg for pathology research, both basic and applied, for years. While we have been well served by both, neither have CE appointments. In the opinion of the California Pistachio Research Board, the lack of an Extension Plant Pathologist for tree crops since the retirement of Beth Teviotdale has been a huge gap in the overall ANR program in the San Joaquin Valley. The CPRB has been addressing our physiology research needs and pathology has risen to our highest research and extension priority. The CPRB supports this position without reservation.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 12:52 PM by Bob Klein
We currently don't have an exptension plant pathology specialist working in tree fruit crops and we desperately need one. Plant Pathology is a critical discipline the tree fruit and nut industries of California can not afford to be without.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 3:56 PM by Brent Holtz
This position has been vacant since 2004 and needs to be filled – as Brent Holtz has pointed out tree fruit and nut crops are without an extension plant pathologist. Accordingly, the California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group (almonds, walnuts and pistachios) have given this position a high priority. As pointed out by Bob Klein, in the absence of an extension plant pathologist, the tree nut industries have relied on UC researchers Themis Michailides and Jim Adaskaveg and USDA-ARS researchers Greg Browne and Dan Kluepfel for pathology research and diagnostic services and while they have been invaluable, none have CE appointments – and there is more to do than they can reasonably cover.

From an almond perspective and as David Doll has pointed out, there are a number of emerging atypical diseases which need to be addressed, both from a research and extension standpoint. These include canker diseases and the emergence of serious late spring and summer diseases in almonds. As noted in the position description, the incumbent can expect engagement and support from the Almond Board.

Posted Aug 7, 2012 4:00 PM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director Agrcultural Affairs, Almond Board of California
Understanding and effectively combating tree crop diseases is one of the things that distinguishes successful California agricultural production from that in other areas of the world. This type of position is absolutely essential for a vibrant, productive, and sustainable tree crop industry. The position should have been filled long ago.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 8:40 PM by Joseph Connell

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