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Thanks to the support of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, the Virus Diagnostic Laboratory at the Clean Plant Center Northwest, Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, is able to offer reduced-cost testing for little cherry virus 2 and the Western X disease phytoplasma. Testing is $9.06 for one pathogen or $10.61 for both, per sample.

“We hope that this will encourage growers to get their trees tested and help in the efforts to map the spread of this devastating disease,” said Scott Harper, WSU virologist and director of the Clean Plant Center.

More information about little cherry disease sample collection and submission can be found at: http://cpcnw.wsu.edu/lcdtests/

—by Jonelle Mejica

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