Antibiotic registered for fire blight control

  • March 19th, 2015

The bactericide Kasumin (kasugamycin) has been registered in the apple growing states of Washington, Michigan, New York, and Oregon for control of fire blight in apples and pears.

It is registered for use on numerous crops in more than 20 countries around the world. Kasumin, a group 24 bactericide, is [...]

SWD research continues

  • February 25th, 2015

Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list of things that have been accomplished in the last five years of living with [...]

Fire blight can spread quickly

  • February 17th, 2015

Scientists know quite a lot about fire blight. Its basic source is in cankers from previous infections.

The bacteria overwinter there. As the canker begins to ooze in spring, bees and other insects are attracted and physically move the bacteria to blossoms. Wind and rain add to the movement.

Fire blight [...]