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The Bilingual Education program covers different programmatic areas to support several agriculture sectors/commodities in relevant topics, including Healthy Plants (Plantas Sanas), Food Safety (Seguridad de Alimentos), and the Produce Safety Rule (Norma de Seguridad de Alimentos).
This program has been designed for nursery and greenhouse workers based on data collected from a needs assessment survey for training opportunities. The survey was carried out in 2009 and 2010 with members of the nursery industry.
The focus of our research includse soil-borne plant pathogens such as Pythium, Phytophthora, Verticillium spp., and other relevant plant pathogens for the nursery industry such as Botrytis spp. Other areas of research are plant-microorganism interactions, biological control agents for plant disease management, and photosynthetic bacteria from soil and water.
This is a collaborative effort from Extension and the Berry commissions to create an awareness of good practices during the harvest season and prevent food contamination. (April-May).
In collaboration with the Christmas tree specialist, we offer classes about scouting and diagnosis of Christmas tree problems. Our main audience is Spanish-speaking workers. We want to help them to improve their scouting techniques and provide some knowledge for an efficient Integrated Pest Management.
We have developed a bilingual diagnostic field guide in English and Spanish to support these IPM trainings.
Luisa Santamaria, Nursery Crops Extension Specialist- Plant Pathologist and Bilingual Educator
Maria Marlin, Faculty Research Assistant - Plant Pathologist