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NCPN-Sweetpotato Center Reports - December 2020

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Get all the latest news from the sweetpotato programs at Louisiana State University, North Carolina State University, and Mississippi State University.  

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 8:28 AM

Microshoot Tip Therapy Featured in News Article


Foundation Plant Services' Sue Sim explains the process and benefits of using microshoot tip therapy for virus elimination in a new Western Farm Press article.  Sim explains, “Basically, microshoot tip therapy takes the smallest growing tip you can manage to excise out of a plant and...

Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 4:52 PM

LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station Virtual Field Day


Get a first-hand look at the LSU AgCenter Virus-Tested Sweet Potato Program with Chris Clark and Catherine DeRobertis.  Learn more about the other Sweet Potato Research Station programs at...

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 4:38 PM

Fiscal Year 2021 Open Period

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NCPN provides high quality asexually propagated plant material tested for targeted plant pathogens and pests to protect the environment and ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers. In FY 2021, APHIS will provide at least $5 million to support NCPN clean plant projects...

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:45 PM

Rhonda Smith "Heroine of the Vineyards" Wraps up Career - American Vineyard Magazine


Congratulations to Rhonda Smith on her retirement! The “Heroine of the Vineyards” emerged as Sonoma County's resident expert on all things wine grape during her nearly 34 years as the viticulture advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension. NCPN was fortunate to have...

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:01 PM

International Year of Plant Health

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The United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Please join us in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and help protect the world's crops, forests, gardens, and landscapes against invasive pests. When we protect plant health, we protect the food we eat, the air...

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 2:38 PM

Joint Conference of the International Organization of Citrus Virologists XXI and the International Research Conference on Huanglongbing

Joint Conference of the International Organization of Citrus Virologists XXI and the International Research Conference on Huanglongbing   March 10-15, 2019 Riverside CA Conference website

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 9:03 AM

Article available: What is Rose Rosette Disease?

New open access article on RRD published by HortScience: What is Rose Rosette Disease?  

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Dr. Georgios Vidalakis Awarded APS Excellence in Regulatory Affairs and Crop Security

Georgios Vidalakis, chair of NCPN-Citrus, has been recognized by the American Phytopathological Society for his outstanding contributions to regulatory plant pathology and crop security. Read more at the link below:...

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:49 AM

Rose Rosette Disease Video Available

View the 'What Wednesday' video clip on Rose Rosette disease: TXPlantClinic/videos/ 10154736863317558/   Are you aware there is a website dedicated to Rose Rosette disease? Check it out at:

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:43 AM

Grapevine 'Variety Focus' Lectures Available for Viewing

Grapevine ‘Variety Focus' lectures are now available on Foundation Plant Service's website at These lectures, from 2005-2011, were given by a talented group of guest speakers including UC Davis faculty, UC farm advisors, experienced California...

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:41 AM

Video on Virus Elimination Therapy

"Excising sweetpotato microshoot tips for virus elimination therapy” is now available on YouTube.

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:35 AM

Breeding for Disease Resistance

RosBREED is a national research and extension team focused on targeting breeding approaches in Rosaceae crops for disease resistance, horticultural quality and increased consumer satisfaction. Learn more about who is on the team and their research by clicking the link...

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:34 AM

Field Guide Integrated Pest Management in Hops

Start clean by purchasing virus tested hops for your yard and stay clean by following best management practices outlined in the link below.

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Five Terms Defined for Sweetpotato Clean Plant Programs

Virus indexing is a method used to determine the presence and identity of sweetpotato viruses.  The Brazilian morning glory (Ipomoea setosa), a close relative to sweetpotato, is sensitive to sweetpotato viruses. I. setosa is referred to as an indicator species because when infected...

Posted on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:22 PM

NCPN LogoThe National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) produces and distributes asexually propagated plant material free of targeted graft transmissible plant pathogens to ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers and to protect the environment. The NCPN operates under the auspices of three agencies within the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).



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