Identifying and Understanding Soilborne Diseases

This session will provide identification and life cycle, plus cultural and biological management options for a range of soil pathogens such as Rhizoctonia, Sclerotinia, Pythium, Verticillium, Fusarium, and Phytopthora in vegetables and berries. Know your enemies, and effective nonchemical management options for their control. Dan Chellemi, research manager at Driscoll’s, has decades of experience in practical nonchemical management of soilborne diseases at UC Davis, University of Florida, and Driscoll’s. Doug O’Brien is a crop production, postharvest and marketing consultant for Central Coast fruit and veggie farmers, and an adjunct professor at Cabrillo College, where he teaches two organic farming courses.


Dan Chellemi, Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, Aromas, CA;
Doug O’Brien, Doug O’Brien Agricultural Consulting, Santa Cruz, CA.