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Bacterial Spot in Peach

Ksenija Gasic, Stone Fruit Team Leader, Clemson University and Mercy Olmstead, Extension Team Leader, UF

One of the most serious diseases affecting peach production worldwide is bacterial spot, caused by Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni (Xap). Bacterial diseases are particularly difficult to control, because unlike infections in humans, which can be quickly quelled with antibiotics, in stone fruit antibacterial sprays are only effective in years with low to medium disease pressure.

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...