Field Testing of RNAi-Based Technology
Powdery mildew is the most common pathogen of grapevine. Many of the current fungicides used to control powdery mildew on grapevines have been standards in the industry for a long time, an are becoming less effective due to powdery mildew developing resistances. This summer the Wildermuth lab will be conducting vineyard field testing to test the efficacy of topical RNAi technology to control powdery mildew. My research for this summer specifically includes topical application of the lab’s RNAi technology, data collection, and the possible discovery of new RNAi targets for powdery mildew control.