The incumbent is a Research Plant Pathologist in the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Crop Bioprotection (CBP) Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois. Research within CBP is directed towards national needs for new biological control agents, processes, and methods for managing pests and diseases of agricultural and public health significance.
- Discover biological control agents for plant diseases in one or more major food crops in the U.S.
- Determine the mode of action of beneficial microbes and improve their efficacy against plant pathogens.
- Determine how environmental variables, agricultural practices, and pathogen diversity affect disease severity and efficacy of biological control agents.
- Determine how future climate predictions might impact the distribution and severity of plant pathogens and efficacy of biological control agents.
CBP conducts research to develop new biological control products, processes and methods to control crop pests, weeds, plant diseases, and rural public health threats.
Newly developed “green” technologies offer environmentally friendly alternatives to potentially harmful pest control products that can be used to increase crop yield, enhance livestock production, and protect rural public health. In addition, the development of these new technologies creates new market opportunities for American companies that want to produce environmentally friendly, bio-based products. The Crop Bioprotection Research Unit (CBP) strives to be a world leader in research to develop novel, performance-competitive biological control technologies that reduce the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides for a variety of farm and rural public health applications.
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