Scientific Objectives

1) To identify alternative disinfectant products and methods of disinfection that perform well in large air volumes, and on large pieces of machinery contaminated with high levels of organic matter.

2) To identify the viral entities that make up MVX and use the obtained genetic sequence information, in conjunction with existing data, to improve and further develop sensitive diagnostic tests that can be used on compost and mushrooms.

3) To develop a Trichoderma diagnostic method based on detecting unique volatiles from infected compost in the re-circulating air in compost incubation tunnels (and possibly mushroom growing rooms).

4) To identify where reservoirs of Trichoderma and MVX inoculum occur at compost and grower facilities so they can be targeted with improved hygiene methods as part of an integrated pest management solution.

5) To evaluate the efficacy of a promising biopesticide for the control of Dry Bubble, Wet Bubble, Cobweb as well as Trichoderma aggressivum and make recommendations for its use.

6) To describe the pattern of growth of Trichoderma aggressivum in a bulk compost-incubation tunnel and determine how it is distributed in the compost when the compost is removed, bulk handled and transported to the grower.

7) To track the incidence and spread of MVX inoculum on MVX-prone compost and grower facilities before, during and after an outbreak.

”The loss to Poland’s mushroom industry, due to Trichoderma, Virus and Dry bubble disease is 25 Million Euro every year” (Dr .Krystian Szudyga, President of the Polish Mushroom Growers association)
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