Good Fruit Grower

February 15

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18 FEBRUARY 15, 2016 Good Fruit Grower A s little cherry disease continues to gain a foothold in Northwest cherry orchards, growers are finding that one of the biggest concerns is knowing whether trees that show no symptoms of the disease might still carry it and need to be pulled. "It's hard to recommend how growers should proceed in terms of how many trees to remove, because we do have confusion about non-symptomatic trees that carry the disease," Dr. Andrea Bixby-Brosi, a postdoctoral research assistant at Washington State University's Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, told growers at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting in December. "Year after year, growers think they have it under control, and then the following year, there's more infection." Questions about INFECTIONS Diseases Researchers studying little cherry disease try to predict percentage of positive trees that show no symptoms. by Shannon Dininny

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