Pests and Diseases

Recommendations for managing weeds, insects and diseases in fruit crops such as apples, pears, berries, cherries, peaches, grapes, pears and plums. Tips on using fungicides, antibiotics, insecticides and miticides.

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Leaf infected with Marssonina. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
2018 Disease Update: Marssonina Blotch on Apple Trees - News News
Marssonina blotch is a foliar disease first identified in Pennsylvania in September 2017. Conditions are favorable for this disease and symptoms have been observed in several orchards. More
Photo: Holly Raguza, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
How You Can Comply with the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Regulations - Articles Articles
Some tips to help you avoid spreading Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) and be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) regulations. More
Does Your Business Need a Spotted Lanternfly Permit?
Does Your Business Need a Spotted Lanternfly Permit? - Articles Articles
Find out if your business or organization is required to have a Spotted Lanternfly permit in Pennsylvania. More
Dead spotted lanternfly at the base of a treated tree. Photo by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Treating Black Walnuts with Insecticides for Spotted Lanternfly Control - Articles Articles
Recommendations for safe pesticide applications to control spotted lanternfly infestations. More
An adult spotted lanternfly. Photo by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Avoid Home Remedies to Control Spotted Lanternfly - Articles Articles
Untested homemade solutions may harm people, pets and plants. Their use can be unsafe and illegal. More
While spotted lanternflies will feast on a variety of plant species, they have a special fondness for Ailanthus, or tree-of-heaven. Photo: Emily Swackhamer
Spotted Lanternfly Expert Provides Tips for Home Management of Pest - News News
The pest harms host plants and can render outdoor areas unusable by leaving behind honeydew, which attracts other insects and promotes the growth of sooty mold. More
Spotted Lanternfly Banding
Spotted Lanternfly Banding - Videos Videos

Spotted Lanternfly Banding

Elizabeth Finlay, Donald Seifrit

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Banding trees with sticky tape can capture and kill spotted lanternfly nymphs and adults. This non-toxic, inexpensive technique can be used on any tree. More
La roña de la manzana necesita material orgánico para invernar
MIP – Exploración y Manejo de la Roña de la Manzana - Articles Articles

MIP – Exploración y Manejo de la Roña de la Manzana

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D., Montserrat Fonseca Estrada, Tianna Dupont

Asegúrese de saber dónde pasa el invierno la roña de manzana, cómo supervisarla y cuándo es más probable que aparezca. More
Photo 1. Codling moth larvae feeding inside the fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Tree Fruit Entomology Update for the End of August 2018 - News News
Pennsylvania has experienced a combined average per location of about 20 inches of rain during the last 5 weeks. More
Updated Insecticide Recommendations for Spotted Lanternfly on Tree Fruit
Updated Insecticide Recommendations for Spotted Lanternfly on Tree Fruit - Articles Articles
Insecticide recommendations for spotted lanternfly in tree fruit, updated August 2018. More
Bitter rot on apple and pear fruit is caused by the pathogenic fungi Colletrotrichum gloeosporioides and C. acutatum. Photo: Kari Peter, Penn State
Wanted: Bitter Rot of Apple Samples From Pennsylvania Growers - News News
The Tree Fruit Pathology Lab at the Fruit Research and Extension Center is seeking apples infected with the fungus causing bitter rot from around the state of Pennsylvania in commercial orchards. More
Spotted Lanternfly: What to Look For
Spotted Lanternfly: What to Look For - Articles Articles
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States, and experts are still learning how to combat it. More
Spotted lanternfly feeding on grapevine. Image by Erica Smyers.
Updated Insecticide Recommendations for Spotted Lanternfly on Grape - Articles Articles
Insecticide recommendations for spotted lanternfly in grape, updated August 2018. More
Hail damaged fruit need protection from fruit rots. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
Managing Fruit Rots This Season - News News

Managing Fruit Rots This Season

07/26/2018

Fungicide re-applications are necessary since several inches of rain have fallen the last few days. Management considerations are discussed for mitigating pome and stone fruit rots. More
Photo 1. Apple fruit injured by first-generation codling moth larvae. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes: 2018 Mid-Season Pest Management Update - News News
It is again time to look very carefully at pheromone traps placed in orchards. More
Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training for Businesses
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Spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that can damage many crops. Learn best practices to stop its spread. Businesses operating in the quarantine zone must have permits to move equipment and goods within and out of the zone. More
Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert
Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert

Heather L Leach, Michela Centinari, Ph.D.

This fact sheet provides identification, damage, quarantine, and management information for the spotted lanternfly, an invasive sap-feeding planthopper that feeds on the vine trunk, shoots, and leaves of grape plants, among other crops. More
The original laboratory of S. W. Frost (entomologist) and R. C. Walton (plant pathologist) in the former Arendtsville Hotel, 1918-1922. Photo: Penn State Archives
Early History of the Arendtsville Fruit Laboratory - Articles Articles
In the letter below, Dr. Frost describes the challenges faced by the first scientists who started the Arendtsville Fruit Lab, which went on to become the Fruit Research and Extension Center. More
Keep leaves on the tart cherry trees: Postharvest fungicide applications are necessary to limit cherry leaf spot infections. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
Mid-Season Tree Fruit Disease Update - News News
The latest 2018 disease updates growers need to know for apple scab, fire blight, sooty blotch and flyspeck, bacterial spot, and cherry leaf spot. More
Adult spotted lanternflies. Photo Credit: E. Smyers
Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners

Heather L Leach, Dave Biddinger, Ph.D., Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D.

A guide that reviews the identification, life cycle, current distribution, and techniques for managing spotted lanternfly on your property. More
Tree Fruit Insect and Mite Control Toolbox - Pesticide Resistance Management
Tree Fruit Insect and Mite Control Toolbox - Pesticide Resistance Management - Articles Articles
A number of insect and mite pests have developed varying levels of resistance to some insecticidal chemistries over the years, including the organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids. More
Tree Fruit Disease Toolbox - Fungicide Resistance Management
Tree Fruit Disease Toolbox - Fungicide Resistance Management - Articles Articles
Resistance has sometimes resulted in pest-management-program failures. Below are presented tactics to help delay resistance to fungicides. More
Female spotted lanternfly and her egg mass. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Tree Fruit Insect Pest - Spotted Lanternfly - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Insect Pest - Spotted Lanternfly

Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D.

The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, an invasive plant hopper was first detected in Pennsylvania in the fall of 2014. More
Tiny, black, spherical structures are produced on stalks above the white mold. Each of these contains thousands of spores that are released to float in the air. Photo by K. Peter.
Stone Fruit Disease - Rhizopus Rot - Articles Articles

Stone Fruit Disease - Rhizopus Rot

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D.

Rhizopus rot, caused by Rhizopus nigricans, can be very destructive to harvested fruit. More
Source: Mary Ann Hansen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org
Apple Disease - Blossom End Rot - Articles Articles

Apple Disease - Blossom End Rot

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D.

Blossom end rot of apple, is caused by various fungi (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Botrytis cinerea, Botrysphaeria obtusa) just before or during petal fall. More
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