Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

31  Texas A&M University-Kingsville  (84325)

Principal Investigator: Kunta, M.

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 57,467

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: 9/28/20 - 9/27/21

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Citrus Research Center

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Agricultural Sciences

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Studies on the effectiveness of peraclean®5, electrolyzed water, and electro-biocide on the viability of Elsinoë australis, the causal agent of sweet orange scab (SOS) disease

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-APHIS-PPQ

Program Title: none
CFDA Linked: Plant and Animal Disease, Pest Control, and Animal Care


SAMS 1.1.1 The discovery of the exotic citrus disease sweet orange scab (SOS) caused by Elsinoë australis on lemon tree in Spring-Texas in 2010 (Kunta et al., 2013) has caused unknown economic losses especially to organic citrus producers due to quarantine regulations adopted soon after its discovery. Thus, research on the biology of the pathogen and its management is needed to help the citrus industry in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and other citrus producing states in the U.S. The project will support Citrus growers, organic packinghouses, and regulators by evaluating the viability of E. australis after treatment with electrolyzed water alongside with peraclean®5 and electro-biocide. The three chemicals used in the experiment are EPA approved broad-spectrum antimicrobial products that are uniquely safe and environmentally friendly.

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