“Golden death”: A new leaf scorch threat to almond growers
R. R. Sanborn, University of California
S. M. Mircetich, University of California
G. Nyland, U.C. Davis
W. J. Moller, U.C. Davis
California Agriculture 28(12):4-5. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v028n12p4.
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A NEWLY RECOGNIZED leaf scorch disease has recently been found over a wide area in the state's almond-producing districts. First noted in 1958 on a few scattered trees in the Quartz Hill area of Los Angeles County, by (then) Farm Advisor J. A. Beutel, and soon after near Brentwood in Contra Costa County, the disorder has been referred to as "golden death" or "almond decline." Surveys made during the 1974 season have shown that the disease is sporadic but widespread in the central and northern portions of the Great Central Valley: from Merced County northward to Butte and Glenn counties, an important almond producing area.
R. R. Sanborn is University of California Farm Advisor, Contra Costa County; S. M. Mircetich is Research Plant Pathologist Western Region, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, University of California, Davis; G. Nyland is Professor of Plant Pathology, U.C. Davis; W. J. Moller is Extension Plant Pathologist, U.C. Davis;
The authors are indebted to numerous members of 26 county departments of agriculture and to plant pathologists in the California Department of Food and Agriculture for supplementing survey data on the distribution of almond leaf scorch.