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Funding for this basil research project in part was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative project award no. 2018-03382 to Rutgers University (in concert with Cornell University, University of Florida, and University of Massachusetts) “Managing Downy Mildew and Fusarium in Basil with New Resistant Varieties, Improved Genetics, Seed Treatment, and Disease Occurrence Mapping”. Partial funding was also provided by other USDA grants, the Binational Agricultural Research Development Program between the USA and Israel (BARD), the Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

“Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this film are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Rutgers University.”

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We thank all the many NJ and US basil growers, processors, seed companies and distributors for their assistance. We also honor the memory of Dennis Dalponte, Mr. Mint, who welcomed us into his family farm since 2020 where we conducted so many collaborative field studies in the search for fusarium wilt resistance as well as downy mildew resistance.