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Celebrating with Farm Bureau as they begin their Centennial year by receiving a proclamation from the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.


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Welcome Mandeep Virk-Baker to UCCE!

Dr. Mandeep Virk Baker is the Area Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences advisor for Fresno and Madera Counties. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She also received her MPH degree and a Global Health Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013.  

She received her Registered Dietitian certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 2014. Prior joining UCCE, Dr. Virk-Baker completed a post-doctoral Cancer Prevention  training at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. At NCI, Dr. Virk-Baker’s research was focused in the areas of dietary carcinogens, tobacco, nutrition, and global health. Dr. Virk-Baker has expertise in basic lab science, epidemiology, community nutrition, public health & policy.

She is excited to join our Fresno team and is looking forward to building collaborations for extension and research in Fresno and Madera. She is passionate about utilizing her scientific skills for improving health and wellbeing of our local communities.

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Research-based Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Management Strategies Implemented

Research-based Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Management Strategies Implemented

Thomas Turini conducted experiments over three years to help producers control tomato spotted wilt on processing tomatoes.  Tomato spotted wilt can cause substantial yield loss.  It is transmitted by an insect that is difficult to control and it is likely that one tactic alone will not effectively control this disease. Information regarding relative susceptibility of varieties to this disease and in-field management of the insect that transmits this virus (thrips) has been generated and provided to clientele.  The influence of control programs on the incidence of the virus in the field as well as analysis of yield and quality in processing tomatoes over two years of field trials on this subject have also been shared.  This information has been used by consultants to develop and evaluate their management programs resulting in fewer applications of insecticides that are ineffective against the thrips target.  In addition, they now can consider relative susceptibility of processing tomato varieties when making thrips management program decisions.

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