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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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
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
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
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
Orchard IPM - Apple Scab Scouting and Management
Orchard IPM - Apple Scab Scouting and Management - Articles Articles

Orchard IPM - Apple Scab Scouting and Management

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Make sure you know where apple scab overwinters, how to monitor, and when it is most likely to appear. More
Be sure to protect your fruit from rots: bitter rot on Red Delicious. (Photo credit: K. Peter)
Tree Fruit Diseases - Managing Pre- and Postharvest Rots - Articles Articles
A big disease concern is keeping fruit free of rots as they are nearing the home stretch of the season. More
Symptoms typical of severe anthracnose infection on blackberry.
Blackberry Fruit Disorders - Effects on Fruit Quality - Articles Articles
This article discusses some common blackberry fruit issues, including whitening of drupelets, drupelet reddening, insect feeding injury, canker diseases and spotted wing drosophila. More
Source: SCRI-Dundee , Scottish Crop Research Institute, Bugwood.org
Bramble Diseases - Viruses - Articles Articles
Virus diseases can seriously damage brambles, especially raspberries, and can affect the lifetime of a planting. More
Blueberry Diseases - Virus Control
Blueberry Diseases - Virus Control - Articles Articles
Blueberries are susceptible to a number of virus and virus-like diseases. More
Raspberry Mosaic Virus. Photo by K. Demchak.
Bramble Diseases - Virus Control - Articles Articles
Control measures for virus diseases in brambles are aimed mainly at removing sources of the virus from within and around the planting. More
Strawberry Disease - Verticillium Wilt
Strawberry Disease - Verticillium Wilt - Articles Articles
Verticillium wilt of strawberry, caused by the soilborne fungus Verticillium albo-atrum, infects more than 300 kinds of cultivated plants. More
Bramble Disease - Verticillium Wilt
Bramble Disease - Verticillium Wilt - Articles Articles
Verticillium wilt is caused by two common soilborne fungi (Verticillium dahliae and Verticillium albo-atrum) that have a wide host range and attack more than 300 woody and herbaceous plants. More
Pear Disease - Stony Pit
Pear Disease - Stony Pit - Articles Articles

Pear Disease - Stony Pit

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D.

Stony pit of pear is presumed to be caused by a destructive virus, but the virus has not been isolated. Affected fruit are unsightly and unmarketable. More
Source: Mary Ann Hansen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org
Bramble Disease - Spur Blight - Articles Articles
Red and purple raspberries are more affected by spur blight, Didymella applanata, than black raspberries. Blackberries appear to be immune. More
Photo by K. Peter.
Pear Disease - Sooty Mold - Articles Articles

Pear Disease - Sooty Mold

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D.

Sooty mold fungi of the genus Capnodium cause an unsightly blackening over the surface of fruit and leaves. More
Spores of the fungi are windblown into and throughout the orchard; fruit infection can occur any time after petal fall but is most prevalent in mid- to late summer. Photo by K. Peter.
Apple Diseases - Sooty Blotch and Flyspeck - Articles Articles
Affecting apple, crabapple, and pear trees, sooty blotch and flyspeck of apple are separate diseases, but both are normally present on the same fruit. More
Rusty spot is recognized only on the fruit. The earliest symptoms on young green fruit appear as small, orange-tan spots. K. Peter.
Peach Disease - Rusty Spot - Articles Articles

Peach Disease - Rusty Spot

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D.

Minor issue in Pennsylvania and is caused by the same fungus as apple powdery mildew. Loring is a susceptible variety. More
On leaves, cedar-apple rust first appears as small, pale yellow spots on the upper surfaces. The spots enlarge to about 1∕8 inch in diameter. Photo by K. Peter.
Apple Diseases - Rust - Articles Articles

Apple Diseases - Rust

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D.

There are three rust diseases: cedar-apple rust, hawthorn rust, and quince rust. The most common is cedar-apple rust, Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae. More
Source: SCRI-Dundee , Scottish Crop Research Institute, Bugwood.org
Strawberry Disease - Red Stele - Articles Articles
Red stele, or red core, Phytophthora fragariae, is the most serious disease of strawberry in areas with cool, moist soil conditions. More
A declining tree with bark removed from graft union to show necrosis. Note numerous rootstock suckers. (Photo: K. Peter)
Apple Disease - Rapid Apple Decline (RAD) or Sudden Apple Decline (SAD)? - Articles Articles
There is a mystery surrounding rapid apple decline/sudden apple decline of young, dwarf apple trees. More
Blueberry Disease - Powdery Mildew, Not Symptoms You’d Expect
Blueberry Disease - Powdery Mildew, Not Symptoms You’d Expect - Articles Articles
Powdery mildew, a warm-weather high-humidity disease, is present in some blueberry plantings. Lowbush, highbush, and rabbiteye blueberries are all affected. More
A thermometer that records the maximum and minimum temperature is extremely useful for determining degree hours.
Tree Fruit Diseases - Predicting Infection Periods to Apply Protection - Articles Articles
This article will help you manually determine infection periods for certain diseases. Also included is a table listing coppers available to manage bacterial spot during cover sprays. More
Source: William M. Brown Jr., Bugwood.org
Peach Disease - Powdery Mildew of Peach, Nectarine, and Apricot - Articles Articles
Powdery mildew, Sphaerotheca pannosa, sometimes called rose mildew (it affects some woody ornamentals), is not often serious. More
Source: Bruce Watt, University of Maine, Bugwood.org
Stone Fruit Disease - Powdery Mildew of Cherry and Plum - Articles Articles
The disease is caused by Podosphaeria oxyacanthae, one of the common species of the powdery mildew group of fungi. More
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