Growers Association, Council approve 8 research projects
June 01, 2002
Northarvest funding for dry bean research will top $280,000 in the coming year.
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association, North Dakota Dry Bean Council and Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council recently approved eight projects in 2002-2003.
The funding helps continue the dry bean breeding program at NDSU and furthers research into better disease control methods, identification of rust resistance in new cultivars, improved on-farm bean storage management, new wormwood control methods, the best combination of nitrogen fertilizer and an inoculant, and the use of biotechnology to produce low-flatulence dehydrated pinto bean products.
The projects, principal investigators and funding are:
- Dry bean improvement for the northern plains; Ken Grafton, Department of Plant Sciences, NDSU $157,266.
- Dry bean disease research program for the northern plains; Luis E. del Rio, Department of Plant Pathology, NDSU $52,738.
- Development of dry bean populations with possible resistance to white mold; Jack Rassmussen, Department of Plant Pathology, NDSU $15,000.
- Resistance to bean rust; Jack Rassmussen, Department of Plant Pathology, NDSU $13,600.
- Storage of dry edible beans on the farm; Kenneth Hellevang, Ag and Biosystems Engineering Department, NDSU.
- Biennial wormwood control in dry beans with tillage and herbicide; George Kegode, Department of Plant Sciences; $1,189 for 2002 and $1,189 for 2003.
- Searching for the best combination of nitrogen fertilizer and inoculator for dry bean production; George Rehm, Department of Soil, Water and Climate, U of M $5,152.
- Biotechnology to produce low-flatulence dehydrated pinto bean products; Sam Chang, Department of Cereal Science, NDSU $17,620.