The IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program hosted this Downy Mildew Workshop, funded by USDA-NIFA-SCRI
(Award# 2016-51181-25407), on November 15-16, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. Scientists, extension personnel, growers, trade association representatives, and registrants gather to discuss what is currently known about downy mildew diseases (DMs) of environmental (aka ornamental) horticulture crops (EHCs) and propose research and outreach objectives. The following white paper summarizes presentations covering the basic problem of EHC DMs, what growers may know about these diseases, their economic impact, their biology and epidemiology, current status of genomics, management options, how to assess barriers for adopting the latest management techniques, operational risk assessments and opportunities for improved outreach and communication of research findings. In addition to the presentations, a grower panel and multiple discussion sessions fostered conversations on these topics enabling the group to effectively brainstorm research and outreach questions to develop into objectives.
See below for a link to the full whitepaper.