Carrington Research Extension Center


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Plant Pathology

The plant pathology program at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center conducts agronomy-focused crop disease management research, with a primary emphasis on improving the management of white mold (Sclerotinia stem rot) of soybeans and dry edible beans, Sclerotinia head rot of sunflowers, and root and foliar diseases of chickpeas, lentils, and field peas. The program also conducts work with diseases of safflower, flax, canola, faba beans, and root diseases of wheat.

PDFs of recent outreach talks

Management of diseases of peas, lentils and chickpeas – Diseases of seeds, seedlings, and roots given at the Montana State University Crop & Pest Management School (Jan. 2, 2018)

part 1:  Pythium

part 2:  Rhizoctonia

part 3:  Fusarium root rot

part 4:  Aphanomyces root rot


Management of foliar diseases of lentils, chickpeas, and field peas given at the Montana State University Crop & Pest Management School (Jan. 3, 2018)

part 1:  Causes of Ascochyta disease outbreaks

part 2:  Fungicide efficacy - management of Ascochyta blight

part 3:  Management of bacterial blight and powdery mildew in field peas

part 4:  Management of anthracnose and white mold in lentils


Program staff include Dr. Michael Wunsch, the program leader; Suanne Kallis, research specialist; Billy Kraft and Steve Shaubert, research technicians; and a large team of seasonal high school and college students.

 Inquiries and questions should be directed to Michael Wunsch at 701-652-2951 or

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