Plant Disease Identification and Control

Information on plant disease identification and control, including rot, freeze damage, rust, blight, mold, scales, bacteria, viruses, fungus, wilt, mildew, gall, mites, moths and cankers. Tips on integrated pest management and herbicide summaries.

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Source: Steve L. Brown, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
Tree Fruit Insect Pest - Potato Leafhopper - Articles Articles
Potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae, is a migratory pest of many crops. It feeds on leaves of rapidly growing apple terminals and may aid in spread of fire blight. More
Protect tart cherries during bloom to prevent cherry leaf spot infection.
Tree Fruit Diseases - Spring Control Strategies - Articles Articles
May is the battleground month for disease management: be on alert for apple scab, fire blight, powdery mildew, rust, cherry leaf spot, brown rot, and bacterial spot infection conditions. More
Pear Disease - Fire Blight
Pear Disease - Fire Blight - Articles Articles
Fire blight is the most serious pear disease in the eastern United States. Caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, the disease can attack some 75 species of plants of the rose family. More
A characteristic symptom of shoot blight is the bending of terminal growth into the shape of a shepherd’s crook. Photo by K. Peter.
Apple Disease - Fire Blight - Articles Articles

Apple Disease - Fire Blight

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D.

Fire blight, Erwinia amylovora, is a destructive disease that can attack some 75 species of plants of the rose family. More
Apple and Pear Disease - Fire Blight, Dormant Removal of Cankers
Apple and Pear Disease - Fire Blight, Dormant Removal of Cankers - Articles Articles
When it comes to managing fire blight, the first line of defense is good sanitation, which is removing the overwintering source for the bacteria: cankers. More
Postharvest fungicide sprays are necessary to prevent defoliation from cherry leaf spot. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
Getting the Upper Hand on Tree Fruit Diseases in July - News News
Conditions may be optimal for several fungal and bacterial pome and stone fruit diseases in July. More
Be vigilant and scout for apple scab! Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
June Diseases for the Grower Radar - News News
Diseases for the fruit grower radar and their management strategies are discussed as we wrap up May and begin June. More
Dormant copper sprays are encouraged to help keep diseases in check. (Photo: K. Peter)
Disease Management Strategies For The Grower Radar - News News
Consider applying dormant sprays soon to manage fungal and bacterial diseases this season. More
Protect any trees still in bloom: Fire blight conditions ideal April 29 through May 2. (Photo: K. Peter)
Fire Blight, Apple Scab, Rust, Plus Others: Be On Alert! - News News
Conditions are optimal for fire blight, apple scab, and rust infections. Growers are encouraged to keep trees protected. Other diseases for the fruit grower radar are also discussed. More
Be proactive about fire blight management: Let’s not repeat 2014. (Photo: B. Lehman)
Disease Update: Blossoms Still Open—Fire Blight Risk Continues - News News
Conditions are favorable for fire blight and apple scab. Additional tools for the fire blight management toolbox are discussed. More
Control for fire blight and apple scab is critical during bloom. (Photo: K. Peter)
Disease Update: Watch Out For Diseases during Apple Bloom - News News
Bloom is well underway in parts of PA and MD. Fire blight and scab disease conditions are in full force now. Growers are encouraged to protect trees. More
Copper sprays need to be applied prior to bud swell to manage peach leaf curl. (Photo: K. Peter)
Disease Update: Copper Sprays and Orchard Sanitation to Manage Diseases - News News
Depending on your location, the warm weather over the last few weeks may have pushed some fruit trees along. For disease management, consider applying dormant copper and urea sprays soon. More
Be sure to remove cankers from trees when pruning. (Photo: K. Peter)
More Tree Fruit Disease Management Tips For 2017: Canker Management - News News
Sanitation is the best offense for disease management, especially when it comes to canker removal. More
Fire blighted flowers. Photo: Gary Moorman
Fire Blight in Ornamentals - Articles Articles

Fire Blight in Ornamentals

Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D.

Fire blight is a disease caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. More
John Hartman, University of Kentucky, Bugwood.org
Home Orchards: Fire Blight Management in Apples and Pears - Articles Articles
Temperatures just before and during bloom will determine if fire blight becomes serious in early spring. More
Penn State Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Archives, Penn State, Bugwood.org
Fire Blight in Home Orchards - Articles Articles
Fire blight overwinters in cankers on branches and trunks. When the temperature reaches about 65°F, bacteria begin to multiply and appear on the outsides of the cankers as clear amber ooze. More
Penn State Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Archives, Penn State, Bugwood.org
Fire Blight in Home Apple and Pear Orchards - Articles Articles
Fire blight is destructive to apple and quince trees and is the most serious pear disease in the eastern United States. More
Plant Disease resistant varieties like this PrairiFire Crabapple, which is also resistant to scab, rust and mildew. Photo by K Salisbury, Taken at the Almshouse Arboretum of Bucks County Extension Doylestown PA
Fire Blight in the Ornamental Landscape - Articles Articles
This disease, caused by Erwinia amylovora attacks more than 75 species of trees and shrubs. More
2014: The Year of Fire Blight (photo courtesy of B. Lehman)
Disease Update: The Fire Blight Saga Continues - News News
Fire blight is being reported throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Management strategies are discussed for dealing with active fire blight infections. More
Home Garden: Fire Blight
Home Garden: Fire Blight - Articles Articles

Home Garden: Fire Blight

Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D.

Fire blight is a disease caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. More