Pesticide applications can be reduced by forecasting the occurrence of fireblight bacteria
Sherman V. Thomson
Milton N. Schroth
William J. Moller
Wilbur O. Reil
James A. Beutel
Clarence S. Davis
California Agriculture 31(10):12-14. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v031n10p12.
Fireblight bacteria have been isolated from pear flowers on a selective medium and their occurrence has been correlated with weather. By averaging daily maximum and minimum temperatures, pear growers can now more accurately predict the presence of fireblight bacteria and apply pesticide sprays only as necessary.
Sherman V. Thomson is Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Berkeley; Milton N. Schroth is Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Berkeley. William J. Moller is Plant Pathologist, Cooperative Extension, Department of Plant Pathology, Davis. Wilbur O. Reil is Staff Research Associate, Cooperative Extension, Department of Plant Pathology, Davis. James A. Beutel is Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Pomology, Davis. Clarence S. Davis is Entomologist, Cooperative Extension, Berkeley.
The authors acknowledge the assistance of: Bruce Bearden, Richard Bethell, Gregory Carnill, David Chaney, James DeTar, Victor Freitas, Chester Hemstreet, Mary Ann Huisman, John Joos, Gordon Morehead, Ross Sanborn, and William Seyman. This project was partially funded by Pear Zone 1, the Extension Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.