Early-warning system for diseases

Researcher James Woodhall with a spore sampler at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center in 2018. The device gives farmers advance notice of disease outbreaks. The network is being expanded this year.

Researchers plan to expand their network of spore traps to test for additional diseases in more crops.

The network is designed to serve as an early warning system for airborne diseases before they impact crops. University of Idaho researchers placed the first spore traps in 2018.

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