A research project being conducted by the University of Guelph (U of G) includes funding to assess rhizome samples from farm sites across the province. The purpose of this research is to determine if downy mildew is present in hop rhizomes in Ontario before symptoms of the disease can be observed.
The U of G research team is interested in hearing from Ontario hop growers who are expanding their hop yards this year and willing to submit samples this spring for testing.
- A total of 30-50 samples will be collected in 2015. Growers can submit up to 5 samples per farm (sample submission via post or courier is paid for by the grower) on a first-come basis.
- The examination method is still being developed, therefore no results can be guaranteed at this time. However, if protocols are successful, results will be communicated to individual growers. If results are used in publications, growers’ identity will not be revealed for confidentiality.
If you are interested in submitting samples for testing, please email Amy Fang Shi (U of G) firstname.lastname@example.org or Evan Elford (OMAFRA) email@example.com for further instructions.