​​Managing Diseases with Biopesticides in Potato Production

July 2015 | 29 min., 53 sec.
by Amanda Gevens
University of Wisconsin-Madison


​Potato diseases account for a significant portion of crop production costs and yield losses each year. A broad range of plant pathogens can impact quality and yield of potato plants both in the field and postharvest in transit and storage. For some chronic diseases, fungicides are essential to protect yield and quality. Now more than ever, growers have an increasing number of biopesticide options available to integrate into their overall disease management programs. Understanding the modes of action of biopesticides is critical in making such products work for successful disease management. This presentation will address some of the basics of biopesticides, including product categories, modes of action, and efficacy as they pertain to conventional potato systems.

About the Presenter

Amanda GevensAmanda Gevens is an Assistant Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. Her responsibilities include developing integrated disease management programs for potato and vegetable crops and for potatoes in storage. Amanda earned her BS in Biology from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, her MS from Purdue University, and her PhD from Michigan State University. Before joining the faculty at UW-Madison, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Contact Information:
Email: gevens@wisc.edu


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