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Scientists Set to Save Grape, Garlic, and Onion Crops Under Attack

Onion seeds struck by iris yellow spot virus
This stand of onion plants are infected by Iris yellow spot virus. USDA grant-funded research at Washington State University is helping find sustainable ways to protect allium crops and more from pests and diseases. Photo courtesy of WSU

The Vegetable Grower

Two national research teams led by scientists at Washington State University (WSU) are on a mission to protect U.S. grape, onion, and garlic crops from deadly, fast-adapting pests and diseases. And thanks to more than $5 million in Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grants from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, they are off and running.