Articles on Apple

Apple Blue Mold

Mercy Olmstead, Extension Team Leader and Michael Wisniewski, USDA-ARS

RosBREED is helping breeders release cultivars that are durably disease resistant. Many of the diseases that have been profiled in this column thus far are associated with plants and preharvest fruit quality, but postharvest diseases like apple blue mold are also receiving attention in the project. Thus, our feature for this month’s newsletter is apple blue mold, caused by the fungus Penicillium expansum.

Apple Fire Blight

For apple and pear growers, the detection of fire blight in their orchards usually results in immediate concern, and for good reason. Its ability to kill young trees, the limited number of effective control measures available to control the disease and the explosive nature of fire blight epidemics make it a potentially devastating disease...