Washington State University plant pathologists have won more than $1 million in grant funding to participate in a multistate team that will develop a suite of management tools to improve the productivity and profitability of the U.S. onion industry.

They join the team directed by Howard Schwartz of Colorado State University and James VanKirk of North Carolina State University.

The group received a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative.

renda Schroeder, an assistant professor in the WSU plant pathology department, also received funding from the Western Regional Integrated Pest Management grant program.

The long-term goals of the project are to develop a sustainable online information-management platform called Onion ipmPIPE—or Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education.

It will include innovative diagnostic tools and optimize sound pest management decision-making in specialty crops, such as onions.

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