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X-disease and Little Cherry Virus Extent and Impact in the Pacific Northwest

X-disease and Little cherry virus cause small, light colored cherries. More than 238,856 trees equivalent to 974 acres of sweet cherries have been removed due to X-disease and Little Cherry Disease between 2015 and 2020 according to a recent survey conducted by WSU/ OSU Extension. Removed trees reduced revenue to the industry by an estimated $30 million in 2020 and $65 million between 2015 and 2020. This video describes the extent of damage in Washington and Oregon and the impacts on our cherry and stone fruit industries.

Authors and Production: Tianna DuPont, and Cody Molnar, WSU Extension. Videography: Ricardo Naranjo, WSU  Extension; Jeff Larin, Cody Bounds, GS Long. Music: Robert Orpet. Thank you to funders: Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, WSU Tree Fruit Endowment

Contacts: Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension (509) 293-8758; Bernardita Sallato, WSU Extension (509) 439-8542; Ashley Thomson, OSU Extension (541) 296-5494; Karen Lewis, WSU Extension (509) 760-2263

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