USDA Funds Research on Potato Immunity in Idaho
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating USD1.7m to Idaho as part of its effort to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the U.S. nursery production system.
Overall, USDA is providing USD66m in funding this year to support 407 projects in 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. USDA provides this funding under the authority of the Plant Protection Act.
“Idaho is a critical partner in protecting U.S. agriculture. With this funding, Idaho will be able to better protect its own resources, and, in doing so, contribute to USDA’s mission of keeping our nation’s agriculture economy healthy and strong,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach.
These funds will support projects covering a range of plant health and pest mitigation activities, including the following:
- USD657,312 for work to build potato crop immunity to potato cyst nematodes;
- USD647,411 toward eradication strategies for Globodera pallida, the pale cyst nematode;
- USD319,378 to the Nez Perce Tribe, a federally recognized tribal nation, for the tribe’s pest bio-control work and noxious and invasive weed survey and control programs;
- USD104,864 to support survey work for gall forming nematodes of the family Anguinidae in the Western U.S. using newly developed molecular identification tools; and
- USD16,190 for the Idaho stone fruit commodity survey for invasive insect pests.
Since 2009, USDA has supported 2,346 projects and provided approximately USD293.5m in funding under the Plant Protection Act.