Strawberry Center researchers part of $6.2M USDA grant
Strawberry Center researchers are part of multi-institutional $6.2 million USDA four-year grant awarded to PI Dr. Steve Knapp at UC Davis and a team of researchers at six research institutions around the country. The project focuses on addressing expanding and emerging threats to strawberries, such as climate change and possible restrictions on chemical use. Advanced plant breeding, gene editing and other technologies will be essential to ensuring that strawberry crops are sustainable into the future.
The Strawberry Center's role in this project will be in characterizing the interaction of abiotic stressors (e.g., temperature, moisture, salts) on Macrophomina crown rot, an emerging threat to strawberry growers.