Goals– To identify rates of wood-canker infections within almond orchards, determine management practices, identify the pathogens present in the orchard, and climate conditions conducive for sporulation in order to increase orchard
Identification and surveying of infested orchards, isolation and identification of wood canker fungi, and spore trapping.
Results & Outputs
Identified pruning wounds, growth cracks, and wood breakage serve as primary points of infection. Found that spore trapping of wood canker fungi is in association with rain events. Successfully extended these initial findings to almond growing clientele in CA.
Significant Outcomes & Impacts
Development of a preliminary model and management practices from field observations and spore trappings.
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