Clemson Scientist Takes the Fight to Southern Blight on Tomatoes

Clemson University produces results to combat Southern blight and save farmers’ crops.

Anthony Keinath, a vegetable pathologist at the Coastal Research Education Center at Clemson, conducted research to investigate Southern blight’s reactions to fungicides.

Southern blight attacks a range of plants beneath the soil, resulting in root rot. Methyl bromide, a fumigant, could be used on the plants to control the disease, but the EPA determined in 2009 it was harmful to the ozone layer and removed it from the market.

Keinath researched environmentally friendly combatants to the disease to discover effective solutions for farmers.

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