Use advisory tool and links to guide strawberry disease management decisions

by Frank Louws, Center for IPM

All this wet weather will favor the main strawberry fruit rot diseases including Botrytis Fruit Rot (BFR) and Anthracnose Fruit Rot (AFR). BFR will be the main concern for most growers. We have not consistently identified plant sources with the AFR pathogen. Hopefully, AFR pressure will be low this year for most growers. Some strawberry fields have problems with angular leaf spot, caused by the bacteria Xanthomonas fragariae.

The Strawberry Fruit Infection Risk advisory tool shows HIGH risk for both BFR and AFR (see figure). Details of how to use this Advisory Tool are provided at https://ipm.ces.ncsu.edu/strawberry-fruit-infection-risk-tool/ or users can go directly to the map at: http://agroclimatenc.ncsu.edu/plantdisease/strawberry.aspx. Continue reading

Smartphone app for disease management available for strawberry growers

When it comes to dealing with strawberry diseases, there’s now an app for that. A Clemson fruit specialist and a computer software designer have teamed up to develop a smartphone tool to help strawberry growers. The app will be unveiled at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference that is Thursday-Sunday in Savannah.

MyIPM is the first smartphone app that provides critical disease information for strawberry growers.

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N.C. State researchers seek new treatments for strawberry diseases

Researchers at North Carolina State University will use funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help southern strawberry growers battle some common plant diseases.

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2011 Regional IPM Projects Help Find Solutions for Stink Bugs, Ticks, and Diseases

The Southern Regional IPM (S-RIPM) Competitive Grants Program funds projects that help to solve pest problems while reducing risks to human health and the environment. In 2011, the program has awarded approximately $800,000 to support six projects:

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