Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation: Selecting the Right Carbon Source and Application Rate

This webinar took place on February 20, 2024, and is the second in a series. Find the introductory webinar in this series at

About the Webinar

This webinar will provide the principles and practical insights on how to select suitable sources of carbon (organic amendment) and their application rate to implement Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD) as a biological solution for the management of soilborne pests and pathogens affecting specialty crops. Attendees will learn i) what are the main carbon sources used and their properties; ii) how to identify alternative sources of carbon that may be available locally; iii) what parameters to consider for defining the proper application rate; and iv) how to calculate the amount of carbon source that should be applied to a given area. Results of the research conducted in Florida and Pennsylvania on sustainable and organic specialty crops will be presented.

Speakers: Francesco Di Gioia, Pennsylvania State University; Nan Xu and Xin Zhao, University of Florida

Funding for this webinar was provided by USDA NIFA OREI. Learn more about this research project at

Published January 4, 2024

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