Spatiotemporal Patterns in the Airborne Dispersal of Spinach Downy Mildew

R. A. Choudhury, S. T. Koike, A. D. Fox, A. Anchieta, K. V. Subbarao, S. J. Klosterman, N. McRoberts
2017 Phytopathology  
California spinach growers struggle to manage spinach downy mildew disease. The disease is especially difficult in the organic crop, which currently relies on resistant varieties to maintain disease-free crop. Alternative control measures are available, but it is not clear how growers perceive the efficacy of these methods. It is also not clear who growers contact to find out information on spinach downy mildew disease management. In this study, we conducted an online survey of people involved
more » ... of people involved in spinach production, asking about their beliefs in the efficacy of different control methods and who they contact frequently to discuss spinach downy mildew control. We found that respondents were most positive about the efficacy of resistant varieties and synthetic pesticides, with much lower perceived efficacy for the practices of disking diseased fields, roguing diseased plants, and organic pesticides. Growers most frequently contacted pest control advisors (PCAs) about management strategies for spinach downy mildew. These results suggest that respondents are most confident about the efficacy of resistant varieties and synthetic pesticides and may be hesitant to adopt new control strategies like organic pesticides. The results also suggest that future extension efforts can be focused on PCAs to reach the most stakeholders with up to date research on downy mildew control.
doi:10.1094/phyto-04-16-0162-r pmid:27482627 fatcat:g5qvfmjs7vftdbsxlz5rgakdoa