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UMass Extension Fruit Program

The UMass Extension Fruit Program's mission is to assist fruit growers with all aspects of horticultural and pest management. It is part of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment within the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

WEBINAR-Fire Blight IPM Using Non-Antibiotic Control Methods
fire blight on apple

WEBINAR-Fire Blight IPM Using Non-Antibiotic Control Methods

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fire blight is a devastating disease of apple and pear caused by a bacterial pathogen. The disease is traditionally controlled with antibiotics, but in this webinar, you will learn about a non-antibiotic alternative—an integrated method that uses a biological control and a surface sterilant. Whether you are an orchard grower who wants to market your fruits as antibiotic-free, or an arborist or landscape practitioner who cannot use antibiotics at private homes and schools, this webinar may provide a solution for you. The speakers are passionate about helping growers with disease issues and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

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Ambrosia apple

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RubyMac 091619

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