Research conducted in the plant pathology lab at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center aims to advance our understanding of diseases impacting high-value specialty crops grown in this region, with the ultimate goal of improved and sustainable plant disease management. Research is focused on the following areas: 1) population biology and molecular epidemiology of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens; 2) identifying factors that contribute to spatial and temporal dynamics of plant disease epidemics; and 3) the etiology, detection and control of plant pathogens in high-value seed and other crops in central Oregon.
We provide research-based information for backyard gardeners and green industry professionals, including regional specific information.
The Plant Pathology Laboratory on the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center is dedicated to providing plant disease diagnostic services to the agricultural industry of the Columbia River Basin and to greater Oregon. It works closely with local growers, processors, agricultural companies, research institutions, government agencies and faculty stationed on HAREC as well as national and international collaborators to further our understanding of plant diseases that impact crops at all stages of production.
While research projects with the BEAV are a key program component, the main focus of this program is grower outreach. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the technology available and the grower in the field to help provide a useful, easily accessible tool for plant health monitoring.
Local OSU Extension Master Gardeners™ are available to answer your gardening and insect questions. This is a link to the local Yamhill County Master Gardener page where you can learn about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, find information if you are a current volunteer, as well as local gardening resources.