Extension/Outreach: DOE & Hort CRSP

Department of Energy - EARTH University

Between 2004 and 2008, Mike Ellis and R. Williams (Department of Entomology) participated in an EARTH/DOE pest management project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop research capabilities with the faculty of EARTH University in Costa Rica.  Ellis and Williams worked as an IPM team to develop IPM programs for important insect pests and diseases on banana and pineapple.

Horticulture CRSP

The Horticulture CRSP is a relatively new program, managed by the University of California-Davis.  Sally Miller directed an “Immediate Impact Project” under this CRSP entitled “Enhancing Trade in Horticultural Crops through Food Safety and Phytosanitary Measures” in Nigeria in cooperation with Ken Shenge, Ahmadu Bello University.  This 18-month project assessed plant disease and food safety issues pre- and post-harvest in Nigerian fresh market tomatoes.  Co-PIs on this project are Jeff Lejeune, OSU Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP), and Mark Erbaugh, OSU Office of International Programs in Agriculture.  Miller is currently a co-PI, with Mark Erbaugh (CFAES International Programs in Agriculture), on an “Exploratory” Hort CRSP project led by Matt Kleinhenz, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, entitled “Toward Increasing Smallholder-Vegetable Farmer Utilization of Grafting and Low and High Tunnel Microclimate Management Tools in Kirinyaga District, Kenya.”