HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Study Of Raindrop Energy To Aid Fight Against Crop Diseases

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A sensor that measures the kinetic energy of falling raindrops may one day warn farmers about outbreaks of crop diseases, according to researchers at Ohio State University.

Laurence Madden, a professor of plant pathology, and his students at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio, are field-testing a commercial sensor they helped develop to measure the energy of raindrops.

Early results show that the sensor could help explain how rain spreads the fungal spores that cause some crop diseases. One day, weather stations in disease-prone areas may be able to use the sensor to forecast possible outbreaks. This work appeared in a recent issue of the journal Phytopathology.

Madden said that farmers have no way of knowing whether a particular rain shower is the kind that will spread water-borne plant pathogens such as disease-causing fungi.

"With no forecast system to warn of outbreaks, growers have to spray anti-fungal pesticides regularly just to play it safe, so they waste a lot of pesticide," said Madden. "If we could determine whether conditions were favorable for the spread of plant pathogens, growers could make informed decisions on when to use chemicals."

Whether a rain shower will spread these fungi is not a simple question of the amount of rain or duration of the shower, but
'"/>

Contact: Laurence Madden
Madden.1@osu.edu
330-263-3833
Ohio State University
30-Nov-1998


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Study: Emission of smog ingredients from trees is increasing rapidly
2. Study explores gene transfer to modify underlying course of Alzheimers disease
3. Study reveals why eyes in some paintings seem to follow viewers
4. Study by Israeli scientists provides insight on DNA code
5. Study reveals first genetic step necessary for prostate cancer growth
6. Study of flu patients reveals virus outsmarting key drug
7. Study in Science reveals recreational fishing takes big bite of ocean catch
8. Study suggests cell-cycle triggers might be cancer drug targets
9. Study narrows search for genes placing men at increased risk for prostate cancer
10. Study links high carbohydrate diet to increased breast cancer risk
11. Study explains spatial orientation differences between sexes

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/14/2017)... (NYSE: IBM ) is introducing several innovative partner startups ... collaboration between startups and global businesses, taking place in ... nine startups will showcase the solutions they have built with ... France is one of the ... percent increase in the number of startups created between 2012 ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... 16, 2017   Bridge Patient Portal , ... MD EMR Systems , an electronic medical ... GE, have established a partnership to build an ... the GE Centricity™ products, including Centricity Practice Solution ... These new integrations will allow healthcare delivery ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... New York , April 19, 2017 ... competitive, as its vendor landscape is marked by the ... the market is however held by five major players ... Safran. Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% of ... of the leading companies in the global military biometrics ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... platform specifically designed for life science researchers to analyze and interpret datasets, ... Franklin, who made a major contribution to the discovery of the double-helix ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... ... Personal eye wash is a basic first aid supply for any work environment, but most ... you rinse first if a dangerous substance enters both eyes? It’s one less decision, and ... unique dual eye piece. , “Whether its dirt and debris, or an acid or alkali, ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  VMS BioMarketing, a leading ... a nationwide oncology Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) network, which will ... need for communication among health care professionals to enhance the ... nurses, office staff, and other health care professionals to help ... breast cancer. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... implantation and pregnancy rates in frozen and fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) ... and maternal age to IVF success. , After comparing the results from the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: