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Tree fruit projects receive grant support from the State Horticultural Society of Pennsylvania (SHAP)

Posted: February 26, 2014

Congratulations to Drs. Timothy McNellis, Maria del Mar Jimenez-Gasco, and Kari Peter, and also to Sarah Bardsley (PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology) who were among the faculty and students who competed for, and received, grants following proposal presentations and reviews on Thursday, February 20, at the Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) in Biglerville, PA.

Among 12 projects funded across the Plant Sciences, the following three Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology projects were awarded 33% of the total $198,000 research dollars available for 2014 from voluntary check-off monies provided by the tree fruit industry of Pennsylvania:

  •  Dr. Timothy McNellis – Exploration of Induced Tree Immunity and Copper as Alternative Fire Blight Management Strategies
  • Dr. Kari  Peter – Evaluating Fungal Plant Pathogens Causing Apple Fruit Rot Pre- and Post-harvest to Determine Effective Decay Management Strategies


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    Dr. Timothy McNellisSarah Bardsley, PhD CandidateDr. Maria del Mar Jimenez-GascoDr. Kari Peter

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Timothy McNellis, Sara Bardsley (PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology), Dr. Maria del Mar Jimenez-Gasco, and Dr. Kari Peter