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Leslie Mertz

About Leslie Mertz

Leslie Mertz, Ph.D., is a long-time freelance science writer based in Gaylord, Michigan, and has been a regular contributor to Good Fruit Grower since 2015.

Michigan researcher finds drastic pruning shows promise for cherries

By |February 2nd, 2017|

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Whole tree renewal is an admittedly wild notion, but it appears to be working, according to Michigan State University cherry

Safeguarding Honeycrisp from storage disorders

By |January 25th, 2017|

Packers have options to help protect against Honeycrisp storage disorders.

Cold-hardy apple variety draws interest for hard ciders

By |December 21st, 2016|

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Sometimes good things come in large packages.

For the owner of a small orchard in New England, that “good thing” came

Share your know-how and grow-how — Great Lakes Expo preview

By |November 10th, 2016|

Expert view: Individual growers must take on customer fears about GMOs and chemicals.

Demystifying cold-hardy grapes

By |October 11th, 2016|

Northern Grapes Project is designed to encourage the wine industry in colder climates.

Promising progress for solid-set delivery

By |August 11th, 2016|

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

Tracking pathogens

By |July 26th, 2016|

Whole genome sequencing tracks pathogens, perhaps to your door.

What is whole genome sequencing?

By |July 26th, 2016|

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Over the past year or so, whole genome sequencing has gotten a lot of attention as a means of pinpointing

Protect your customers, protect your orchard

By |July 26th, 2016|

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Listeria is a true environmental bacterium, not requiring an animal host, and occurs naturally in water, soil and leaf litter,

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