Survey asks for data on wood canker disease management

08/13/2013 01:55:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Themis MichailidesCourtesy The Murray Pioneer Pty. Ltd.University of California plant pathologist Themis Michailides traveled to Australia recently to study disease how the industry down under manages diseases in almonds and pistachios.Do you have problems with wood-canker diseases in grapes, pistachios and almonds? If so, how do you prevent or manage these problems?

Those are the questions that a group of researchers are posing to pest control advisers, consultants and growers in California.

The survey is part of a broader research project comprising U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers, University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisers and UC researchers, according to a grower newsletter.

Among them are USDA researcher Kendra Baumgartner, UC Davis plant pathologist Themis Michailides, and farm adviser David Doll of Merced County.

The survey responses will be used to help guide researchers and Extension specialists in future research, education and Extension efforts.

Canker diseases include Eutypa dieback, Bot canker and Esca in grapes; panicle and shoot blight of pistachio; and lower limb dieback and band/trunk canker in almonds.

Responses don't have to be exact, either. Best guesses are good enough, and if you don't know the answer, you can select "don't know" or leave the question blank.

Survey participants will be eligible for a drawing of one of 10 $100 Amazon gift certificates.

The online survey can be accessed through

All data from the survey will be kept anonymous.

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