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Friday, December 6 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Biocontrol of weeds with FOXY fungi: Focusing the FOXY technology in Thistle and Bindweed.

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We, Dave Sands and Tommy Weiss, have been screening sick plants of C.Thistle and Field Bindweed sent in by MOA members to us at 119 Plant Bioscience Building, MSU, Bozeman. We have been especially looking for the fungus Fusarium oxysporum (FOXY) because of its ability to wilt plants, its host specificity and apparent lack of toxins, its long term survival in the soil, and because of our track record in using this fungus as a biocontrol agent for organic farmers. We will discuss this approach in general and also our recent field plots using strains of this Montana sourced fungus tested against Canada Thistle and Field bindweed. Dr. Sands' research is funded by the Organic Advisory and Education Council.  

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David Sands PhD

Professor of Plant Pathology, MSU - Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
Dave Sands, in an alternate reality where plant cells are computers and he is a plant hacker, took five decades to crack the code using fungi, with the goal of killing weeds and replacing chemical herbicides. He is a disruptive innovator, avid reader, teacher/mentor, napkin poet... Read More →

Tommy Weiss

Student/Sands Lab, MSU - Dept of Plant Sci & Plant Pathology


Sam Schmidt

Montana Milling
MOA Board - Executive Committee, Parliamentarian

Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am MST
Summit Room Right

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