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July 22, 2013

Associate professor explores disease management strategies in peanuts

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VALDOSTA — Cantonwine teaches several courses in biology at VSU that range from mycology and plant pathology to biology of horticulture and organic agriculture. She specializes in the study of fungal diseases in peanuts and methods for control.

About Peanut Diseases

Soil-borne diseases in the peanut are caused by fungal pathogens that infect one or more parts of the plant at or under the soil surface, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These diseases are usually more complicated to manage than foliar diseases, which attack above ground tissues.

Varying weather patterns contribute to the spread of fungal diseases in peanuts. If farmers do not properly manage fungal diseases, they stand the risk of losing more than 50 percent of their crops.

For more information about peanut production, visit the National Peanut Board website at www.nationalpeanutboard.org .

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