Our program addresses disease issues on vegetables and herbaceous ornamentals by providing recommendations for disease prevention or suppression, providing information to stakeholders on plant diseases and their management, and supplementing the information with a research program aimed at improving tools for managing disease. Much of our program is evaluating the efficacy new or existing fungicides for growers in tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and cucurbits. We also work to identify any new or emerging diseases, and evaluate management techniques. Our team collaborates regularly with scientists from NCSU, other Universities, and state and federal departments of agriculture. In addition to serving the growers, we work with County Extension Agents, Area Specialized Agents, Industry Representatives, and the public to address vegetables disease issues in the region.
We serve the vegetable growers in western North Carolina, but our program is applicable to the entire state and surrounding states.
In ornamentals, we serve greenhouses, nurseries, and landscapers in managing diseases on herbaceous perennials and annuals.
We are located at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC.