Prevalence, Identity, Pathogenicity, and Infection Dynamics of Botryosphaeriaceae Causing Avocado Branch Canker in California
The overall aim of the present study was to learn more about the prevalence, diversity, and pathogenic lifecycle of Botryosphaeriaceae species in mature avocado orchards in the main producing areas of California.
Prevalence, Diversity, Pathogenicity, and Infection Phenology of Botryosphaeriaceae causing Avocado Branch Canker in California
The overall goal of this research was to gain further insights on the etiology and epidemiology of ABC and anthracnose, which are critical to developing and providing disease management recommendations for the industry. Botryosphaeria branch canker and dieback of avocado (Persea americana Mill.) has expanded in avocado growing areas in recent years and currently represents a threat for avocado production worldwide because of the important economic losses resulting from reduced yield of affected trees and their premature death.
These practices are recommended for a monitoring-based IPM program that enhances the use of IPM practices to reduce the risks of pesticides on the environment and human health. This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of avocados in California. Details on carrying out each practice, example monitoring forms, and information on additional pests can be found in the Avocado Pest Management Guidelines.
In year three of three of this branch and trunk canker study, our objective is to evaluate effective chemical and organic materials to protect pruning wounds in the field from infection by Botryosphaeriaceae and Phomopsis/Diaporthe (P/D) spp.