Looking for Ontario Hop Growers who are Establishing or Expanding in 2015

Originally posted April 20, 2015

Hop Rhizome Sample Request for University of Guelph Research Project

A research project being conducted by the University of Guelph (U of G) is assessing rhizome samples from farm sites across the province to determine if downy mildew is present in hop rhizomes before symptoms of the disease can be observed.

The U of G research team is interested in hearing from Ontario hop growers who are establishing or expanding their hop yards this year and are willing to submit samples this spring for testing.  The team is interested in examining rhizomes originating from within and outside of Ontario.

Please note:
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) fshi@uoguelph.ca or Evan Elford (OMAFRA) evan.elford@ontario.ca for further instructions.

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