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Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Abstracts of Funded Projects

 

Award Year

Project Title/Link to CRIS report

Primary Institution

Project Director Last Name

Total Amount

Project Website

2012

Rear and release psyllids as biological control agents - an economical and feasible mid-term solution for huanglongbing (HLB) disease

Citrus Research and Development Foundation

Turpen

$9,000,000

citrusrdf.org

2012

Developing sustainable pollination strategies for U.S. specialty crops

Michigan State University

Isaacs

$1,697,671

www.aspire4bees.org 

2012

Understanding the global virus distribution in tomato and development of translation genomic tolls to accelerate breeding for resistance

USDA-ARS

Ling

$1,335,515

 

2012

Building market foundations for sustainable vegetable production and processing: A consumer and metrics-based approach

University of Wisconsin 

Mitchell

$2,144,836

http://ipcm.wisc.edu/scri/ 

2012

Addressing management gaps with sustainable disease and pest tactics for mushroom production

Pennsylvania State University

Beyer

$1,442,481

 

2012

Germplasm improvement of low-input fine fescues in response to consumer attitudes and behaviors

University of Minnesota

Watkins

$2,136,489

http://finefescue.umn.edu/

2012

Managing downy mildew of spinach: A genomics-based approach to the host and the pathogen

University of Arkansas

Correll

$827,745

 

2012

Automation of dormant pruning of specialty crops

Purdue University

Hirst

$3,027,747

http://pruningautomation.com/

2012

Toward a better bean: improving genetic, genomic, breeding, and crop management resources for lima bean to benefit the Mid-Atlantic region

University of Delaware

Donofrio

$1,573,112

http://sites.udel.edu/limabean/

2012

Development and use of genomic tools to improve firs for use as christmas trees

North Carolina State University

Frampton

$1,298,023

 

2012

New detection, research, and extension tools for managing wood-canker diseases of fruit and nut crops

USDA-ARS

Baumgartner

$1,761,897

 http://treeandvinetrunkdiseases.org/

2012

Development of disease-resistant walnut rootstocks: integration of conventional and genomic approaches

USDA-ARS

Kleupfel

$1,142,930

 

2012

Shielding cucurbit crops for resilient agroecosystems

Iowa State University

Gleason

$1,582,002

 

2012

Snap pea: enhanced production of nutrient-dense vegetable legumes

Washington State University

Main

$34,046

 

2011

Ethnic and specialty crops research and development: local food networks and heritage marketing in Florida and Alabama

North-South Institute

Scott

$749,559

www.nsi-ceed.org

2011

Magnetoelastic biosensors for detection of pathogens on globe fruits

Auburn University

Chin

$1,542,160

http://www.eng.auburn.edu/research/centers
/audfs/current-research/globe-fruit.html

2011

Sustainable management of canker diseases to extend the productive life of vines, stone fruits, and nut crops

Auburn University

Baumgartner

$50,000

 

2011

Disease-resistant seedless muscadine grape cultivars utilizing eco- and consumer-friendly cisgenic modification technologies

University of Florida

Gray

$2,202,711

www.mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/muscadine

2011

Systems approach at improving the long-term competitiveness of U.S. pecans based on their nutritional and health-promoting component

University of Georgia

Pegg

$1,219,636

 

2011

Bioplastic Container Cropping Systems: Green Technology for the Green Industry

Iowa State University

Graves

$1,949,642

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~bioplastic

2011

Developing scientifically-based consensus for food safety metrics for leafy greens and tomatoes

University of Maryland

Buchanan

$5,558,252

http://cfs3.umd.edu/scri/

2011

Pollination security for fruit and vegetable crops in the Northeast

University of Massachusetts

Averill

$3,318,651

 

2011

Development and delivery of resource-efficient, ecologically sustainable fruit production systems for apple and cherry producers

Michigan State University

Grieshop

$2,472,895

http://www.canopydelivery.msu.edu

2011

Genomics-based approaches for improving petunia production efficiency and performance

Michigan State University

Warner

$1,256,039

 

2011

Limiting bird damage in fruit crops: integrating economic, biological, and consumer information to develop sustainable, long-term solutions 

Michigan State University

Lindell

$2,044,335

http://birddamagetofruitcrops.info/Homepage.html

2011

Developing native and native-European hybrid hazelnut germplasm and agronomics for the upper Midwest

University of Minnesota

Wyse

$903,909

 

2011

Strategies for improving the United States responses to fusarium, downy mildew and chilling injury to production of sweet basil

Rutgers University

Simon

$1,866,558

 

2011

Northern grapes: integrating viticulture, winemaking, and marketing of new cold-hardy cultivars supporting new and growing rural wineries

Cornell University

Martinson

$2,511,333

http://northerngrapesproject.org/

2011

Accelerating grape cultivar improvement via phenotyping centers and next generation markers

Cornell University

Reisch

$4,563,164

www.vitisgen.org

2011

Development of grafting technology to improve sustainability and competitiveness of the U.S. fruiting vegetable industry

North Carolina State University

Louws

$2,490,839

www.vegetablegrafting.org/

2011

Reducing injury to fruit and vegetable crops caused by drift or volatility of herbicides applied to row crops

Ohio State University

Doohan

$50,000

www.riskanalysis.osu.edu

2011

Developing the genomic infrastructure for breeding improved black raspberries

USDA-ARS

Finn

$1,590,717

 

2011

Biology, ecology, and management of brown marmorated stink bug in orchard crops, small fruit, grapes, vegetables, and ornamentals

USDA-ARS

Leskey

$5,739,966

www.stopbmsb.org

2011

Marketing vitamin D mushroom: a case study of nutrition marketing for specialty crops

Saint Joseph's University

Stanton

$322,202

 

2011

Reinforcing skills and building infrastructure for production, handling, process, and distribution of vegetable soybean (edamame)

Virginia State University

Mersie

$49,280

 

2011

Roadmap development for U.S. raspberry producers: forging links  between new tools for breeding programs and crop markets

Washington State University

Daniels

$49,506

 

2011

Improved breeding and variety evaluation methods to reduce acrylamide content and increase quality in processed potato products

University of Wisconsin

Bussan

$7,607,916

 

2011

Translational genomics in cucumber: tool development and application for recessive disease resistances

USDA-ARS

Weng

$1,332,040

http://cucumber.vcru.wisc.edu/

2011

Containment, remediation, and recycling of irrigation water for sustainable ornamental crop production

Clemson University

White

$50,000

 

2010

Innovative technologies and process optimization for food safety risk reduction associated with fresh and fresh-cut leafy green vegetables

USDA-ARS

Luo

$1,697,509

 

2010

Developing sustainable water management strategies for vineyards

USDA-ARS

Ayars

$2,563,031

http://www.ngwi.org/index.php?page_id=230

2010

Protective structures for berry crop production: assessing grower needs and market potential

Pennsylvania State University

Demchak

$50,000

 

2010

A smart trap system for the invasive ambrosia beetles in production nurseries

Auburn University

Kim

$604,771

http://www.ag.auburn.edu/enpl/directory/faculty/held/
ambrosia/index.php

2010

Asian citrus psyllid in California: an economic analysis of efficient management and control strategies

Arizona State University

Richards

$312,471

 

2010

Recurrent migrations of verticullium dahliae: a stealthy and pervasive threat to California and U.S. specialty crops

University of California

Subbarao

$1,549,473

 

2010

Precision canopy and water management of specialty crops through sensor-based decision making

University of California  

Upadhyaya

$2,590,885

http://ucanr.edu/sites/PCWM/

 

2010

Next generation lettuce breeding: genes to growers

University of California

Michelmore

$2,518,477

http://scri.ucdavis.edu/

2010

IPMPIPE and innovative disease diagnostic tools for onion growers

Colorado State University

Schwartz

$2,467,589

http://www.alliumnet.com/

2010

Precision decision management for sustainable strawberry production in the Eastern U.S.

University of Florida

Peres

$2,939,056

http://www.agroclimate.org/tools/strawberry/

2010

Impact and social acceptance of selected sustainable practices in ornamental crop production systems

University of Illinois

Stewart

$1,548,793

 

2010

Developing led lighting technologies and practices for sustainable specialty-crop production

Purdue University

Mitchell

$2,441,298

http://leds.hrt.msu.edu/

2010

Conserving native bees and valuing their services for sustainable specialty crop pollination

Michigan State University

Isaacs

$46,050

 

2010

Development of an extension Community of Practice (COP) - apples

University of Minnesota

Hoover

$496,663

http://www.extension.org/apples 

2010

Establishing a broccoli industry in the Eastern United States

Cornell University

Bjorkman

$3,172,100

http://www.easternbroccoli.org

2010

Development and implementation of a national web-based decision support system for Apple IPM

Cornell University

Reissig

$50,000

 

2010

Assessing the potential of rootstock technologies and research to increase profitability and sustainability in tree fruit production

USDA-ARS

Fazio

$49,316

 

2010

Artificial food storage cavern for improving the storability of taro and sweet potato produced in the Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Marianas College

Kim

$28,629

 

2010

A systems approach to managing microbial threats to greenhouse tomatoes

Ohio State University

Miller

$2,037,717

 

2010

Defining research and extension priorities for pecan production, processing, marking and consumer utilization

Oklahoma State University

Smith

$30,000

 

2010

Feasibility study of automated full-chain traceability systems to improve food safety, quality and productivity of specialty crops

Oregon State  University

Ling

$50,000

 

2010

Biology and management of spotted wing drosophila on small and stone fruit

Oregon State  University

Walton

$5,758,980

www.spottedwing.com

2010

Determining the roles and limiting factors facing native pollinators in assuring quality apple production in Pennsylvania; a model for the Mid-Atlantic tree fruit industry

Pennsylvania State University

Biddinger

$1,338,438

http://extension.psu.edu/ipm/native-pollinators

2010

Developing a commercial processing industry for edamame in the Eastern U.S.

University of Tennessee

Sams

$50,000

 

2010

Plant genetics and genomics to improve drought and salinity tolerance for sustainable turf grass production in the Southern United States

Texas A&M University

Chandra

$3,802,678

 

2010

Integrated management of zoosporic pathogens and irrigation water quality for a sustainable green industry

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Hong

$2,729,649

www.irrigation-pathogens.info

2010

Improved grape and wine quality in a challenging environment: an Eastern US model for sustainability and economic vitality

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Wolf

$3,796,693

http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/alson-h-smith/grapes/viticulture/research/scri-index.html

2010

A diagnostic toolbox for integrated management of postharvest apple necrotic disorders

USDA-ARS

Rudell

$1,483,438

http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/pages/posttools/Home

2009

Increasing consumption of specialty crops by enhancing their quality and safety

University of California

Mitcham

$5,869,726

http://info.ucanr.org/SCRI-Grant/index.html

2009

Rosbreed: enabling marker-assisted breeding in Rosaceae

Michigan State University

Iezzoni

$7,198,886

www.rosbreed.org

2009

Tree fruit GDR: Translating genomics into advances in horticulture

Washington State University

Main

$1,999,148

http://www.tfgdr.org/

2009

Management of zebra chip to enhance profitability and sustainability of US potato production

Texas A&M University

Rush

$6,723,311

http://zebrachipscri.tamu.edu/

2009

Management of virus complexes in rudus

University of Arkansas

Tzanetakis

$1,463,234

www.caneberryvirus.uark.edu

2009

An invasive mealybug pest and an emerging viral disease: a dangerous mix for West coast vineyards

University of California

Daane

$1,957,835

 

2009

Planning grant to document the health-promoting prosperities of dry beans and to increase consumption in the US

Colorado State University

Brick

$49,949

 

2009

Laurel wilt of avocado: mitigation and management of an exotic, insect-vectored disease

University of Florida

Ploetz

$1,967,863

 

2009

A multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability and profitability of US blueberry production using the tree-like species vaccinium arboreum

University of Florida

Darnell

$1,894,904

www.hos.ufl.edu/BlueberrySCRI

2009

Improving the profitability of blueberry production with a comprehensive precision agriculture program

University of Florida

Lee

$23,126

 

2009

Advancing onion postharvest handling efficiency and sustainability by multimodal quality sensing, disease control, and waste stream management

University of Georgia

Li

$774,581

http://www.alliumnet.com/

2009

Integrated genomics and management systems for control of fire blight

University of Illinois

Korban

$1,951,981

http://fireblight.nres.uiuc.edu/index.html

2009

Participatory modeling and decision support for improving sweet potato production efficiency, quality and food safety

Louisiana State University

Smith

$2,841,987

 

2009

Development of an extension Community of Practice (COP), all about blueberries

Louisiana State University

Morgan

$518,749

 

2009

Systems approach to improving the sustainability of wild blueberry production

University of Maine

Yarborough

$1,023,805

www.wildblueberries.maine.edu

2009

Precision irrigation and nutrient management for nursery, greenhouse and green roof systems: wireless sensor networks for feedback and feed forward control

University of Maryland

Lea-Cox

$5,161,495

http://www.smart-farms.net

2009

Limiting bird damage to fruit crops: a planning program to identify research directions for the future

Michigan State University

Lindell

$22,903

http://birddamagetofruitcrops.info/Homepage.html

2009

Locally grown ethnic greens and herbs: demand assessments and production opportunities for East Coast farmers

Rutgers University

Govindasamy

$1,503,166

 

2009

Development of comprehensive strategies to manage potato virus Y in potato and eradicate the tuber necrotic variants recently introduced into the United States

USDA-ARS

Gray

$2,381,759

www.potatovirus.com

2009

Establishing a broccoli industry in the Eastern United States

Cornell University

Bjorkman

$50,000

easternbroccoli.org

2009

Planning to expand the new knowledge fusion model: spurring innovations for specialty crops

Cornell University

Seem

$50,000

 

2009

Addressing research and extension needs of the emerging cold-climate wine industry in the Northeast and Upper Midwest

Cornell University

Martinson

$49,979

http://northerngrapesproject.org/

2009

Developing a team to address major viticultural, enological and market driven challenges to a strong and sustainable Eastern wine industry

Cornell University

Mansfield

$47,297

 

2009

Intelligent spray systems for floral and ornamental nursery crops

USDA-ARS

Zhu

$1,826,298

http://www.oardc.osu.edu/scri/

2009

Identifying stakeholder needs for establishing urban specialty crops enterprise

Ohio State University

Grewal

$49,966

 

2009

Development of a grape Community of Practice for the extension system

Oklahoma State University

Stafne

$422,964

http://eviticulture.org 

2009

Expansion of hazelnut production, feedstock, and biofuel potential through breeding for disease resistance and climatic adaption

Oregon State  University

Mehlenbacker

$1,392,933

http://www.arborday.org/programs/hazelnuts/
consortium/

2009

Bridging specialty crop producers and institutional food purchasers: distilling a research and extension agenda in support of local food systems

Clemson University

Boys

$48,947

 

2009

Agronomic and biochemical impacts of biotic and abiotic stress on pacific Northwest flavor crops

Washington State University

Walsh

$3,076,366

http://hopmintstress.wsu.edu/

2009

Biodegradable mulches for specialty crops produced under protective covers

Washington State University

Inglis

$1,999,002

http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/hightunnels/  

2009

A total systems approach to developing a sustainable stem-free sweet cherry production, processing, and marketing systems

Washington State University

Whiting

$3,891,952

http://cahnrs-cms.wsu.edu/sweetcherryresearch/Pages/
default.aspx

2009

Placing fruit canopy management automation technology in the field

Washington State University

Pitts

$49,479

 

2009

Development of a smart targeted spray application technology roadmap for specialty crops

Washington State University

Hoheisel

$46,146

 

2009

Fastrack a revolutionary approach to long generation cycle specialty crop breeding

USDA-ARS

Scorza

$637,330

http://ucanr.org/sites/fastrack/

2009

Manipulating host and mate-finding behavior of the plum curculio: development of a multi-life stage management strategy for a key fruit pest

USDA-ARS

Leskey

$559,531

www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/docs.htm?docid=19983

2008

Informed stakeholder management of virus-vector disease reservoirs in Southwestern-US irrigated vegetable crops using GIS mapping and bio-climatic/economic projections

University of Arizona

Brown

$50,515

 

2008

A multitasking, sensor platform for precision management of specialty crop production systems

University of California

Upadhyaya

$99,994

http://ucanr.org/sites/PCWM

2008

Advanced sensing and management technologies: to optimize resource use in deciduous tree crops

University of California

Brown

$3,221,134

http://ucanr.org/sites/scri/

2008

Risk assessment of sampling methods for evaluating the microbial safety of fresh produce

Colorado State University

Goodridge

$1,667,679

www.testingproducesafety.com

2008

Planning meeting for woody landscape plant production and pest management innovative

University of Florida

Mizell

$92,308

 

2008

The development of a decision support system for managing viral watermelon vine decline and other vegetable diseases caused by whitefly-transmitted viruses

USDA-ARS

Turechek

$991,591

 

2008

Advancing blueberry production efficiency by enabling mechanical harvest, improving fruit quality and safety, and managing emerging diseases

University of Georgia

Scherm

$1,703,301

 

2008

Ohelo, vaccinium reticulatum, a specialty ornamental and value added crop from Hawaii

USDA-ARS

Zee

$437,000

 

2008

Ensuring US onion sustainability: breeding and genomics to control thrips and iris yellow spot virus

USDA-ARS

Havey

$998,987

http://www.alliumnet.com/

2008

A multidisciplinary approach to develop a safe and effective chlorine dioxide gas system for controlling pathogens in the produce industry

Purdue University

Morgan

$350,000

 

2008

Bioplastic container cropping system: green technology for the green industry

Iowa State University

Graves

$34,020

 

2008

Generating genomic tools for blueberry improvement

USDA-ARS

Rowland

$1,000,000

http://bioinformatics.towson.edu/BBGD454/

2008

Expanding fresh vegetable production for the Great Lakes market: a planning grant

Michigan State University

Bingen

$75,000

 

2008

Multi-faceted approach for soil detection and management of pythium and phytophthora in carrot, tomato cucurbits, and asparagus

Michigan State University

Hao

$555,313

 

2008

Breeding and genetics of fruit-rot resistance and polyphenolics in the American cranberry

Rutgers University

Vorsa

$996,687

 

2008

Social networking, market and commercialization infrastructure for Midwestern fruit and vegetable crops in local food systems

Ohio State University

Hoy

$1,113,214

localfoodsystems.org

2008

Comprehensive automation for specialty crops

Carnegie Mellon University

Singh

$6,010,232

http://www.casccrop.com

2008

Integrated automation for sustainable specialty crop farming

Carnegie Mellon University

Stentz

$3,996,247

http://www.rec.ri.cmu.edu/usda

2008

Aligning consumer demand, agricultural industry resources and research and education to service Mid-Atlantic fruit and vegetable markets

Pennsylvania State University

Kelley

$99,646

 

2008

Innovative technologies for thinning of fruit

Pennsylvania State University

Heinemann

$1,000,000

www.abe.psu.edu/scri

2008

Development of an area-wide approach for controlling infection and spread of HLB of Asian citrus psyllid

USDA-ARS

Mangan

$493,290

 

2008

A public-private partnership to promote IPM implementation in Northern New England greenhouse ornamentals

University of Vermont

Skinner

$100,000

 

2008

Developing a team to address optimizing the white wine quality though plant nutrient management

Washington State University

Davenport

$79,487

 

2008

Project planning for specialty crop covers that use biodegradable materials

Washington State University

Inglis

$98,181

 

2008

Enhancing biological control to stabilize Western orchard IPM systems

Washington State University

Jones

$2,244,274

www.enhancedbiocontrol.org

2008

Deploying nutrient-rich nematode resistance carrots to benefit growers, consumers, and the environment

USDA-ARS

Simon

$371,845

http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/
docs.htm?docid=19858

2008

Increasing the environmental and economic sustainability of sod production using biosolids

University of Wisconsin

Soldat

$485,085

 

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