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Plant Disease

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Plant Disease News

Plum curculio: a troublesome pest of tree fruits

The plum curculio, Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst), is an important early-season pest of tree fruits. They can cause considerable damage to apple, pear, apricot, peach, plum, nectarine, cherry and other fruits.

Adult plum curculio

Plum curculio adults are a type of weevil (or snout beetle), approximately 6 mm (¼ inch) in length with a mottled combination of brown, black and gray colors over the body. They have four small humps on their wing covers (elytra) and a characteristic curved snout (Figure 2).

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New tomato variety released possessing multiple disease resistance

Newly released tomato variety. (Photo credit: MM Rahman)

Late blight resistant West Virginia ’63 tomato is a favorite to organic and small growers in West Virginia. However, its susceptibility to Septoria leaf spot caused by the fungal pathogen Septoria lycopersici concerns growers. 

Cornell University released a F₁ hybrid, Iron Lady, with resistance to Septoria leaf spot and late blight resistance partly obtained from the WV ’63.  We crossed the WV ’63 with the Iron Lady and selected field-grown plants resistant to Septoria leaf spot. We tested for this tolerance by inoculating six-week old, nutrient-stressed plants in the greenhouse. The WV ’63 plants were killed; whereas, the hybrid selections survived. 

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