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Oil Seed Diseases


Research areas:

  • Conducting the largest sunflower pathology program in North America
  • Developing disease forecasting models to manage Sclerotinia Stem Rot in canola.
  • Developing economical fungicide application methods for canola
  • Studying fungi and bacteria that attack Sclerotinia (white mold), an important disease in sunflower, canola, and soybeans, for potential use in biological control
  • Developing soybean varieties resistant to white mold and root rots
  • Identifying genes with multiple resistance to flax rust for incorporation into commercial varieties


Soybean: Berlin Nelson

Canola: Luis del Rio

Sunflower: Tom Gulya

Extension: Sam Markell

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