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California Project Exploring Alliums as Alternative to Strawberry Fumigation

University of California Cooperative Extension organic production specialist Joji Muramoto received a $411,395 grant from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to explore disease controls for strawberries that offer an alternative to pesticide fumigants. This project will test both a variety of alliums and wheat as suppressive crops for controlling disease in strawberries. Muramoto warns that there’s likely not a single alternative to pesticide fumigation but says that a combination of biological approaches could create a soilborne disease-management strategy.