Welcome to the Online Knowledge Center on Irrigation Water Management for Ornamental Horticulture!
Agricultural runoff capture and reuse is essential to securing an adequate supply of water for irrigation and reducing nonpoint source pollution. However, this practice potentially could recycle and spread destructive plant pathogens from isolated infections to entire farms and deteriorate pond water quality, resulting in significant crop losses at production facilities and negatively impacting retailers, landscapers, and consumers. This knowledge center was developed by teams of plant pathologists, horticulturists, economists and information technologists on the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Specialty Crop Research Initiative project: Integrated management of zoosporic pathogens and irrigation water quality for a sustainable green industry. It presents the up-to-date knowledge and technology as well as the latest research data on irrigation water management for ornamental horticulture. The knowledge center consists of three major sections:
- Web-based learning modules
- Best management practices (BMPs) and factsheets
- Other educational materials, programs, and resources
There are thirteen learning modules in total with each focusing on a general question. We have developed self-assessment sheets in Excel format to help learners determine which learning modules to begin with. You can complete the self-assessment sheets which will then take you to the learning modules that best address your immediate needs. If you already have clear questions in mind and look for answers to those questions, you are also encouraged to review learning module titles then select the ones that best meet your needs.
- Click here to download the Microsoft Excel "Risk Assessment Guide."
- Click here to download detailed instructions for the "Risk Assessment Guide."
Our goal is to enable farmers to capture and reuse runoff water for irrigation without recycling plant pathogens while improving irrigation water quality.
Click here to view this recorded webinar on Introduction to the Plant Pathogens in Irrigation: Team and project overview.
This knowledge center audience:
• Growers, retailers
• Extension specialists and agents
• Irrigation specialists
• Crop health professionals
• Horticulturists, plant pathologists, mycologists and microbiologists
• Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral associates
• Conservation biologists
• Policy makers
Participants will learn about diversity, aquatic biology, detection technology and management strategies of plant pathogens in irrigation water. This knowledge center will significantly increase the profitability and sustainability of the green industry, enhance the aesthetic value of recreational parks and landscapes, and improve consumer satisfaction. It also will reduce the risk of unintentional dissemination of quarantine pathogens (e.g., Phytophthora ramorum) through trade of ornamental plant stocks. These benefits can and will extend to other specialty crop industries facing the same crop health and water issues.