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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

2014

Development of Grafting Technology to Improve Sustainability and Competiveness of tte U.S. Fruiting Vegetable Industry

North Carolina
State University

Louws

$2,957,918

 

2014

Developing Scientifically-based Consensus Food Safety Metrics for Leafy Greens and Tomatoes

Universitiy of
Maryland

               

Buchanan

$4,599,601

 

2014

Biology, Ecology, and Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Orchard Crops, Small Fruit, Grapes, Vegetables, and Ornamentals

USDA, Agriculture
Research Service

Leskey

$2,705,308

 

2014

Clean WateR3 - Reduce, Remediate, Recycle: Informed Decision Making to Facilitate Use of Alternative Water Resources

Clemson University

White

$1,783,670

 

2014

Northern Grapes:  Integrating Viticulture, Winemaking & Marketing of New Cold-Hardy Cultivars Supporting New and Growing Rural Wineries

New York Agricultural
Experiment Station

Martinson

$2,627,860

 

2014

RosBREED: Combining disease resistance with horticultural quality in new rosaceous cultivars

Michigan State
University

Lezzoni

$1,802,113

 

2014

Performance and Adoptability of Biodegradable Plastic Mulch for Sustainable Specialty Crop Production

University of
Tennessee         

Hayes

$1,912,178

 

2014

               

Biological & economic impacts of emerging potato tuber necrotic viruses & the development of comprehensive & sustainable mgmnt practices.

Cornell University

DeJong

$1,602,307

 

2014

Strategic Management of Multiple Diseases in Strawberry Nurseries and Production Fields in the Eastern U.S.

University of Florida

Peres

$1,363,057

 

2014

Combatting Rose Rosette Disease: Short and Long Term Approaches     

Texas A&M
University

Byrne

$3,135,689

 

2014

Reducing the impact of industry-critical insect and disease problems in hops through developmment of preventative and predictive strategies

Washington State
University

Walsh

$3,163,180

 

2014

Optimizing Protective Culture Environments for Berry Crops

Michigan State
University

Hanson

$2,450,060

 

2014

A Systems Approach to Improve Disease Management and Production of Watermelon in the Southeastern U.S.

University of Georgia

Ji

$1,741,071

 

2014

Unburdening US nurseries: Integrating new technologies and innovative approaches to manage broad host range, gall-forming bacterial diseases          

Oregon State University

Chang

$2,977,880

 

2014

Genome Database for Rosaceae: Empowering Specialty Crop Research through Big-Data Driven Discovery and Application in Breeding

Washington State
University

Main

$2,741,575

 

2014

Scale Neutral Harvest Aid System and Sensor Technologies to Improve Harvest Efficiency and Handling of Fresh Market Highbush Blueberries

University of Georgia

Li

$2,375,545

 

2014

Development of Disease-Resistant Walnut Rootstocks: Integration of Conventional and Genomic Approaches

USDA, Agriculture
Research Service

Kleupfel

$2,869,937

 

2014

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

USDA, Agriculture
Research Service

Baumgartner

$2,534,803

 

2014

Crop Signaling for Automated Weed/Crop Differentiation and Mechanized Weed Control in Vegetable Crops

University of
California, Davis

Slaughter

$2,715,901

 

2014

Creating InterDisciplinary Extension and Research (CIDER) Programs to Redevelop the North American Hard Cider Industry

Virginia Polytech
Institute

Peck

$49,498

 

2014

Harnessing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Fruit, Vegetable, and Nut Crops

University of
Georgia

Scherm

$32,212

 

2014

Planning Grant to develop research and Extension priorities for brown marmorated stink bug in western US specialty crops               

Oregon State University

Wilman

$50,000

 

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.projecticp.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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