The USDA, through their Specialty Crop Block Grants program, awarded over $600,000 to support three potato research projects to Washington state researchers. The awardees of these grants and their project are:
Kiwamu Tanaka, of Washington State University in Pullman, was awarded $249,414 for a project entitled “High-Throughput Technology for Molecular Detection of Potato Pathogens.”
Rodney Cooper, of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Wapato, was awarded $215,538 for a project entitled “Gut Content Analysis to Pinpoint the Weed Sources of Potato Psyllid.”
Steven Seefeldt, of Washington State University in Mt. Vernon, was awarded $137,128 for a project that will investigate the life histories and ecology of four annual wild buckwheat species in western Washington that are detrimental to several crops, including potatoes.