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UIdaho PCN

Dr. Louise-Marie Dandurand
Project Director

Phone: (208) 885-6080
Fax: (208) 885-7760

Mailing Address:
Pale Cyst Nematode Project
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, ID 83844-2339

pale cyst nematode

Research and Service

  • Bioassay of field cysts
  • Nematode rearing for collaborative research
  • Fungal biocontrol agents (more…)
  • Trap crops against PCN
  • Isothiocyanate-producing mustard meal for PCN control
  • Modeling PCN life cycle and control measures


NEW:   UI PCN Project Receives $436,000 USDA Competitive Grant for Potato Nematode Research

The University of Idaho Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) Project has received a grant of $436,529 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), for the project “Trap Crop and Biological Control Agents to Replace Methyl Bromide for Eradication of Globodera pallida. The pale cyst nematode, G. pallida, is a serious quarantine pest of potato, found only (in the U.S.) in the state of Idaho.  PCN Project Director Louise-Marie Dandurand, PSES Department, will lead a team of researchers investigating methods to eradicate this important agricultural pest, using methods other than the fumigant methyl bromide, including trap crops, biological control strategies, and economic analysis of control measures. Other investigators on the proposal include Paul Patterson, Guy Knudsen, Pamela Hutchinson, and Allan Caplan from UI’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and James LaMondia of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Dandurand notes that the competitive success of the proposal was significantly enhanced by the strong support shown by the Idaho Potato Commission.