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Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation: Selecting the Right Carbon Source and Application Rate

Join eOrganic for a webinar on February 20, 2024 on selecting the right carbon source and application rate for Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation. The webinar takes place at 11AM Pacific (12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern Time). It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

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About the Webinar

This webinar will provide the principles and practical insights on how to select suitable sources of carbon (organic amendment) and their application rate to implement Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD) as a biological solution for the management of soilborne pests and pathogens affecting specialty crops. Attendees will learn i) what are the main carbon sources used and their properties; ii) how to identify alternative sources of carbon that may be available locally; iii) what parameters to consider for defining the proper application rate; and iv) how to calculate the amount of carbon source that should be applied to a given area. Results of the research conducted in Florida and Pennsylvania on sustainable and organic specialty crops will be presented.

Speakers: Francesco Di Gioia, Pennsylvania State University; Nan Xu and Xin Zhao, University of Florida

Funding for this webinar was provided by USDA NIFA OREI.

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