Welcome to our website dedicated to providing information on management of soil pests in flower and strawberry. Our project is focused on developing fumigant and nonfumigant systems to control soilborne pathogens and weeds so that growers can safely and profitably produce their crops. Fumigant use in California is heavily regulated and there are areas that cannot be fumigated due to proximity to hospitals or schools. In urbanized counties like Ventura, there are fertile fields that could be used for strawberry, but cannot be fumigated. Therefore our program focuses both on integrated use of fumigant and nonfumigant tools to allow growers flexibility in management of soilborne pests where geographical restrictions limit fumigant use.
Fumigants under evaluation are Dominus (allyl isothiocyanate, AITC) from Isagro, and TRX58 an experimental compound. Our nonfumigant program focuses on Steam for soil treatment. Soil heated to 158°F for 20 minutes with steam will kill soil pests like nematodes, Verticillium wilt and weed seeds.
Crops included in the project are cut flowers and strawberry.
Here we post frequently news about fumigant and steam research
|1st Soil Management Meeting in Salinas (322KB)||
We are very happy that so many of you participated in the meeting and that we had a open-minded and productive discussion session in our first meeting on soil management in Salinas on February 5th 2016.
Attached the summary of the meeting. We hope to see and discuss with all of you again next year.
Steve and Mark
|Homepage started and a new steam prototype under way||
Homepage release and new steam machine