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Barley Yellow Dwarf virus webinar set March 14

The Idaho Wheat Commission will be presenting free one-hour web-based grower education seminar (webinar) on “Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus in Idaho” this Friday, March 14, starting at 8 a.m. (MT).

Barley Yellow Dwarf is the most occurring viral disease of cereal crops, caused by Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV). Aphid vectors can transmit BYDV, therefore conditions that favor their life-cycle and survival can also influence epidemiology of the disease. This webinar is set to provide information on BYDV, its associated aphid vectors, risk factors, and control approaches, which could help to reduce yield loss.

Webinar guest presenter will be Dr. Arash Rashad. Dr. Rashed received his B.S. and M.S. in Plant Protection and Entomology. He completed his PhD in Biology (Insect Evolutionary Ecology) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. For the past several years, Dr. Rashed studied vector ecology, at the University of California-Berkeley and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. As an Assistant Professor of Entomology, his current research program at the University of Idaho, Aberdeen Research & Extension Center, is primarily focused on studying insect-plant, and insect-plant-pathogen interactions in cereal cropping systems.

Log onto the website at http://connect.cals.uidaho.edu/wheat (requires Adobe Flash Player which is installed on most computers) and enter your name as a participant.

For those who cannot view the webinar in real time, it will be recorded and available at: www.idahowheat.org.

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