Welcome to the Irrigation Pathogens site, home of a collaborative research and extension project: Integrated management of zoosporic pathogens and irrigation water quality for a sustainable green industry. This project is sponsored through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) of USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). It is a partnership between seven institutions and the ornamental horticultural industry, in a quest for better plant quality and productivity while promoting containment and recycling of irrigation water to protect and conserve natural water resources.
Crop health, productivity, and horticultural product quality does not have to be compromised at nurseries and greenhouses where irrigation runoff water is contained and recycled.
This project aims to enable farmers to recycle irrigation water without recycling plant pathogens through the integration of research and extension activities that take system-based, trans-disciplinary approaches. Our ultimate goals are to move the horticultural production and distribution towards becoming sustainable industries and enable them to better compete in global markets.