Pests and Diseases, Research

USDA denies renewal of multi-state zebra chip grant

USDA has denied an application by Zebra chip researchers from several Western states to renew a large, five-year grant responsible for several major break-throughs in understanding the potato disease. The expiring $6.9 million grant has aided research by 25-30 crop scientists studying zebra chip, including researchers in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Charles Rush, a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher who has been the lead on the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant, said his latest application sought increased funding to place greater emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. More

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