Organic control of white mold in high tunnels

Organic control of white mold in Kentucky high tunnels

Kentucky vegetable growers have developed a successful system for year-round vegetable production in high tunnels, but the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum infects many of the cool-season crops produced. This video introduces the high tunnel production system commonly used in Kentucky, and the disease cycle of S. sclerotiorum. It presents data collected from on-farm experiments conducted to test two disease control tactics compatible with national organic standards, solarization and biofumigation.

The studies were guided by a team of scientists at Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky, funded by the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

Scientific  Team

  • Michael Bomford
  • Paul Vincelli
  • George Antonious
  • Kenny Seebold


  • Briand Geier
  • Ed Dixon
  • John Rodgers

Advisory panel

  • Joe O'Daniel
  • Eric Walles
  • Kim Cowherd
  • Keenan Bishop

Grower cooperators

  • Paul Wiediger
  • Alison Wiediger


Southern SARE

Updated November 19, 2008

College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems