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Innovative Class Takes Students to the Fields for a Firsthand Look at Plant Diseases

Posted by struscott | January 10, 2011

Students in Naidu Rayapati’s “Diseases of Fruit Crops” class got the opportunity to apply their knowledge on diseases gained in the classroom to real-world situations in grower fields. They took a field trip to Prosser, Wash., where they visited tree fruit and grapevine “clean” plant programs at Washington State University’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, studied diseases and disorders in apples and grapes, observed crop protection tactics applied to fruit crops, met with growers and wine makers to assess the economic importance of diseases, and saw firsthand the connection between research and agricultural production.