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Fire blight in the plant nursery Published In DiggerMagazine.com, January, 2020, by Ken Johnson and Tianna Dupont

Fire Blight in the Plant Nursery: How did it arrive here, and what can be done?

Written by  Ken Johnson, Oregon State University and Tianna Dupont, Washington State University.

Fire blight is a disease that can kill apple and pear trees. It is especially dangerous in a nursery setting, for reasons we will explain.

The disease can result in the direct loss of plant material, which in turn can necessitate a costly and difficult clean-up. If infected planting stock is sent to customers, dissatisfaction is likely.

This article discusses recommendations for preventing fire blight from arriving in your nursery, and for cleaning up the disease, should infected plants be detected there.

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