The California Avocado Commission will host a virtual field day concerning Avocado Branch Canker disease that will consist of two 30-minute presentations by Dr. Themis Michailides, University of California Kearney Agricultural Center and Dr. Liz Dann, University of Queensland, followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration for the virtual event is now open.

Dr. Themis Michailides, Professor of Plant Pathology, is one of the world’s leading experts on this group of fungi. He has been working on a CAC-funded project since October 2018 to determine exactly what pathogens cause avocado brank canker in California, the extent of their presence in California avocado groves and how they can be managed. He will present his research results to date and discuss why he believes this group of pathogens has become problematic in recent years.

Dr. Liz Dann is a Principal Research Fellow with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has worked extensively on avocado diseases in Australia and has recently started studying the role of the Botryoshpaeriaceae in flower blight of avocados in Australia. She will share her knowledge of these pathogens with growers and the impacts they have on avocado production in Australia.


17 Sep
3:30pm - 5:00pm