Louws, Frank J

Director NSF-Center for Integrated Pest Management and Professor of Plant Pathology
Entomology and Plant Pathology
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Our program is rooted within core values associated with a sustainable agriculture framework and is service-oriented, consistent with the mandate of a Land Grant University, with emphasis on strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and organic crops. Our disciplinary strengths are in bacteriology, soilborne pathogens, plant disease management, microbial ecology and farming systems research. A key strength of the program is the ability to understand real-world problems within a production agricultural framework and by asking strategic questions that advance the sciences of plant pathology, horticulture and systems research in organic and conventional production systems. Addressing relevant production agriculture questions combined with fundamental biological questions provides a mechanism to write competitive proposals. Our work is supported primarily through competitive grants. Grower associations contribute 1.6%, grants-in-aid and other commodity related support generates 4.4% and competitive grants generate 93.9% of our total program funds (total of $6,972,335.00 or ~ $500,000.00/yr R2 =0.98).  This proportion of funding also ensures we seek the public good in our work. Obtaining extramural funding enables us to hire key personnel (undergrads, graduate students, postdocs; consultants) and/or manage projects to generate new scientific knowledge and then translate this knowledge into Extension programming to deliver solutions to primary clientele. Much of the experience and work also informs the teaching component of our program – providing a high level of relevancy to our students.  Team members typically are exposed to applied field research, advanced molecular tools and have many opportunities to interact with scientists and farmers.

  Extension | Microbiology | Soil Microbiology | Fruit and Vegetable Production | Greenhouse and Protected Agriculture | Integrated Pest Management | Plant Pathology
Country(s) of experience:
  Australia | Canada | China-Peoples Rep | Egypt | Israel | Italy | Mali | Netherlands | Senegal | South Africa | Taiwan |
Type(s) of International Experience:
  Extension provider in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Other international activities | International consultant | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty | Host for international post-doc
  Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
12/14/2015 - 12/13/2020
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China