Published online: Nov 27, 2009
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Texas AgriLife Research plant pathologist Dr. Charlie Rush, of Amarillo, Texas, has watched the concern over zebra chip of potato grow in the past five years, both among researchers and those willing to fund the research.
Now Rush is leading a team of 20 researchers and extension specialists in a $3.9 million federally funded Specialty Crop Research Initiative titled, "Management of Zebra Chip to Enhance Profitability and Sustainability of U.S. Potato Production."
This USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture-sponsored initiative is a continuation grant over a five-year period, he said. Only the first three years in funding is provided initially, with the potential for more after a three-year review. The grant requires matching funds by growers and industry through in-kind contributions and cash.