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2023 WTFRC Little Cherry Disease Funding Summary

Written by Paige Beuhler, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, June 1, 2023


The commission is dedicated to the support of Little Cherry Disease (LCD) research. Little cherry disease is the umbrella term for the unmarketable fruit caused by different pathogens, the X disease phytoplasma and little cherry viruses 1 and 2. With the support of the Oregon cherry industry and the PNW nursery industry, the WTFRC directed the following funding towards LCD research:

  • $461,822 total in 2023 (47 percent of the entire 2022 cherry research budget).
  • $264,432 towards six ongoing LCD research projects.
  • $197,390 towards three newly funded projects (50 percent of the total new funding budget).

The commission is grateful to Northwest Nursery Improvement Institute for their contribution of $57,133 towards two LCD projects in 2023.

Additionally, between 2014-2023, thirty LCD projects were funded by the WTFRC, Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission, NNII, and the California Cherry Board for a combined total of $3,052,541.


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Paige Beuhler
Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission


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