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Looking for Fields Infested with Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus

Posted: April 23, 2013

Penn State is trying to help predict when and where BYDV will occur.

While barley yellow dwarf virus can be a challenging problem for growers, its local abundance and occurrence depend on the development and abundance of the crop, the aphids, and levels of the virus in the wild grasses—a complex situation to say the least. A new USDA-funded research/extension project at Penn State is trying to help predict when and where BYDV will occur. This project is a collaborative effort among five faculty members (including me) from three departments, three graduate students, and ZedX, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based information technology company. The goal of this project is to collate the substantial amount of research known about this virus, its aphid vectors, and the crop species and use technology to help predict occurrence of the disease. This project was recently featured in Penn State's AgScience Magazine.

For this project, we need to find fields that are infected with BYDV and are asking for your help. If you find infected fields, please let me know (tooker@psu.edu).  We will try to visit as many fields as possible to help understand why those fields became infested. Thanks!

Contact Information

John Tooker
  • Extension Specialist
Phone: 814-865-7082