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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Scales on new growth and fruit produce deep purplish-red coloration in the tissue. Photo by G. Krawczyk.
Tree Fruit Insect Pest - San Jose Scale - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Insect Pest - San Jose Scale

Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D.

The San Jose scale, Quadraspidiotus perniciosus, is a pest of fruit trees, but it attacks many other trees as well as shrubs. More
Apple rust mites. Photo: David Biddinger
Tree Fruit Mite Pest - Apple Rust Mite - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Mite Pest - Apple Rust Mite

Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D.

Apple rust mite, Aculus schlechtendali, is commonly found, but is rarely an important pest of apple in Pennsylvania. More
Blister mites become active at bud break, migrate to the tender, new leaves, and burrow beneath the epidermis of the undersides of leaves to feed. This results in a gall, or blister, in which the eggs are laid. Photo by G. Krawczyk.
Tree Fruit Mite Pests - Pear Blister Mite and Pear Rust Mite - Articles Articles
Pearleaf blister mite, Phytoptus pyri, and pear rust mite, Epitrimerus pyri, are similar species, virtually invisible to the naked eye, that often are common on unsprayed trees. More
Plum Pox Virus and Other Diseases of Stone Fruits
Plum Pox Virus and Other Diseases of Stone Fruits - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Plum Pox Virus and Other Diseases of Stone Fruits

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D., James Travis, Ph.D., Frederick E. Gildow, Jr., Ph.D.

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Identify what could be affecting your stone fruit. More