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Managing a terrible plant disease: fire blight and the Maryblyt forecasting tool

Drs. Slack and Sundin chat with Mark about one of the main diseases in apple production worldwide - fire blight - and describe some of the IPM tools that growers can use to better manage this bacterial disease.

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Dr Sundin's webpage - 


Smart(er) Apple Spraying podcast is part of a project funded by USDA's NIFA-CPPM program. The name of the project is "Combining advanced spray technology with IPM tactics to sustain apple production", award number 2019-70006-30437.

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Welcome to Smart-er Apple Spraying podcast. In this podcast series, we dive into the world of advanced IPM for apple production, focusing on the experience of our interdisciplinary research project members. We will expand your knowledge regarding the new spraying technologies, and disease-warning systems that can be a tool for more sustainable apple production.


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