With the Canadian Spud Congress coming up on March 22 and 23, we’re highlighting the sessions happening at it on Spud Smart. In this story we’re taking a closer look at the “Working Together on Potato Early Dying Management — CanPEDNet” session.

The Canadian Potato Early Dying Network, aka the CanPEDNet, is a national research project that’s working to understand and manage Potato Early Dying (PED) in Canada. In this joint presentation from Mario Tenuta and Dahu Chen they’ll give an overview of the causes and impact of PED in Canada. Research from CanPEDNet will be used to discuss causal pathogens and pests, diagnostic testing, and control measures.

Moderator: Ashley Robinson, editor of Spud Smart

Time: 12:30 p.m. CDT on March 22

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Dahu Chen Dahu Chen is a research scientist with AAFC in Fredericton, N.B. He holds a PhD from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos in plant pathology. He has extensive experience in both the private sector and the academic realm. He co-leads the Canadian Horticulture Council cluster project “Canadian Potato Early Dying Network” and focuses his research on the influence of cropping system, biofumigant crops and soil health in the intensive potato production system, particularly on soil borne diseases. He’s part of the Living Labs Initiative in Prince Edward Island to evaluate different business management practices on potato diseases.

Mario Tenuta Mario Tenuta is the NSERC/WGRF/Fertilizer Canada Industrial Research chair in 4R Nutrient Stewardship and a professor of applied soil ecology at the University of Manitoba. His training includes a bachelor of science in botany and physical geography, a master of science in soil science, a PhD in plant sciences, and post-doctoral research in nematology.

Together with many colleagues and collaborators, Tenuta’s team is researching many soil-related issues, including controlling potato early dying, improving nitrogen use efficiency of crops, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizers, development of rapid molecular tests of emerging soilborne diseases and nematode pests, and improvement of soil health. Tenuta is the lead of the Canadian Potato Early Dying Network (CanPEDNet).

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