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Dr. Jared Ali receives funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to study how cover crops affect maize natural resistance to insect pests via associations with beneficial fungi

Posted: June 4, 2018

Dr. Jared Ali receives $500k to lead a project that will unravel the affects of planting different cover crops on beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi which influence the chemical ecology of maize pests.

We have preliminary data suggesting that the species of cover crop farmers choose has legacy effects on the subsequent corn crop’s resistance to pests, and that this legacy is mediated by soil fertility and/or mycorrhizal colonization. The goal of this proposal is to discover mechanisms that control the cascade of interactions linking cover crops, soil fertility, and corn pest management.