Evaluation of carrot seed treated with germicidal light to reduce populations of seed-borne Xanthomonas hortorum pv. carotae

Objectives and Accomplishments for 2011:

1. Conduct a seed evaluation of several fresh carrot seed lots for Xanthomonas contamination levels and test the effects of UV light, hot water, and hydrogen peroxide on seed contamination.

2. Establish a field trial to evaluate the use of UV seed disinfestation on carrot growth and disease levels using fresh seeds.